April 10, 2010
Host CHS gets best of Trojans
Winning two out the three doubles matches proved to be the difference for the Cortland High boys’ tennis team Friday afternoon as it opened its OHSL Freedom Division season by edging visiting Homer Central 4-3.
The neighbors split the four singles matches, Jacob Klinger at first singles and Mike Hall at third winning for the Purple Tigers (now 4-0 overall), while the Trojans (1-1) got points from Nick Larison at second singles and Keefe Garrett at fourth.
Tanner Jones and Jordan Prior were victorious at second doubles, downing Matt Schrader and Scott McLaughlin 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) to earn the winning point, while Kelley Thomsen and Randy Lin were 6-0, 6-1 winners over Jason Crawford and Bob Chambrone at third doubles. Homer’s first doubles tandem of Casie Garrison and Jeff Eves beat Jeff Brown and David Russell 6-3, 6-0.
“On a cold and blustery night both teams played like winners,” Cortland coach Bob Walrath said. “Nobody gave an inch out there. If this match is any indication, both Cortland and Homer could have a lot to say about what happens in our league this season.”
With the hosts up, the final result came down to two matches, at second doubles and fourth singles, that ended up in tiebreakers.
“The matches were being played on the two courts farthest away from each other,” Walrath said. “It was difficult to keep track of what was going on. (Schrader and McLaughlin) came back from 5-3 down to go up 6-5 before Tanner and Prior were able to take it to the tie-breaker. The two teams couldn’t have been more evenly matched. Homer’s doubles ran everything down. They didn’t seem to ever be out of position. Jordan and Tanner were able to cut down on their unforced errors to secure the win in the tie-breaker and the match win.
“The fourth singles match was a mirror image of what was going on in doubles,” he added. “Jim (Williams) came back from 5-3 and 6-5 down to bring it to a tie-breaker. Jim had a few untimely positioning errors during the tie-break that made the difference. Keefe Garrett, to his credit, played a clean tie-break.”
“The teams were evenly-matched and it could have gone either way,” Trojans coach Nancy Cavellier said. “We needed the last two points, which both went to three sets and tie-breakers in both. Matt and Scott had a well-played match. They just couldn’t finish in the third set and got themselves in the hole during the tie breaker. If anything they’ve learned the necessity of coming out strong in a tie breaker right from the get-go.
“Keefe and Jim’s match was in particular one of the closest matches of the night. I’m impressed with Keefe’s composure on the court and pulling out a win. Jeff and Casie dominated on the court and I was also glad to see Nick finish convincingly tonight after his marathon match (losing tiebreakers in the last two sets) on Wednesday,” she added.
Cortland hosts East Syracuse-Minoa at 4:45 p.m. Monday, while Chittenango visits Homer the same day in a 4:15 p.m. start.
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