April 7, 2016
CHS tops Trojans in debut
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Arsenije Markicevic returns shot while winning at his first-singles match against Homer Central’s Ben Herman on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s chilly weather had little effect on the Cortland High boys’ tennis team, which downed visiting rival Homer Central 6-1 in the season-opener for both OHSL Freedom National teams.
The match marked the debut of Cheri Olson as Purple Tigers coach. She took over for Bob Walrath, who retired after last season to conclude 29 years of directing the squad.
Only one of the seven matches went three sets, as the Purple Tigers’ Ruvim Kostiv beat Vince Saraceno 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 at second singles.
Cortland’s Arsenije Markicevic downed Ben Herman 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 at first singles, and at fourth singles the hosts’ Cooper Swartwout was a 7-5, 6-2 winner over Nate Porter.
Homer’s only point came at third singles, where Alex Cottrell downed Gavin Tabel 6-3, 6-3.
Cortland swept the doubles matches. Ben Condit and Garrett Reagan beat Matt Pelowski and Ethan Laundry 6-2, 7-5 at first doubles, with second doubles going to Braden Jones and Damian Brown by 6-0, 6-3 over Julian Ponirakis and Conner Lake. Vadim Salashnyy and Luis Bruce were 6-0, 6-3 winners over Sean Powers and Ethan Lunas at third doubles.
“A lot can be taken from this match,” Homer coach Nancy Cavellier said. “Confidence on the court is key; our boys will gain that aspect and will see different results. Ben, our freshman, was competitive throughout most of the match. I was very impressed with his overall play and tenacity. Vinnie came out strong in their first set at second singles, however he needs to work on finishing and completing his match.
“Our lone point came from Alex at third singles. He played solid and smart, attacking each point.”
Both teams are scheduled to be back in action Friday in league matches on the road. Cortland is at Oswego in a 5 p.m. start while Homer travels to East Syracuse-Minoa, that contest set to begin at 4:30 p.m.
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