April 26, 2011


Doubles sweep sets up first CHS victory

With a sweep of all three doubles matches, Cortland High boys picked up their first league win of the 2011 tennis season Monday.
Donovan Prior added a crucial 6-0, 6-4 victory at fourth singles over T.J. Burns as the Purple Tigers pulled off a 4-3 OHSL Freedom Division escape over visiting East Syracuse-Minoa. Cortland is now 1-3 in division play, 2-3 overall.
“We are going to have to scrap and claw to come up with wins in these type of close matches,” Cortland coach Bob Walrath said. “Thankfully the team pulled together after the long break from tennis to eke out a close one.
“All three doubles team didn’t have too much trouble with ES-M,” he added. “ES-M was strong, but their lack of depth hurt them.”
Josh Barber and Jacob Klinger teamed up at first doubles for the Purple Tigers to defeat Tyler Rosso and Shane Stone 6-0, 6-1. Tanner Jones and Jacob Passalugo followed with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Jeffrey Episcopo and Esef Hamzic at second double.
Vadim Shevchuk and Ethan Wingenbach completed the CHS sweep at third doubles with a 6-0, 6-1 romp over John Drogo and Mushtak Mozeb.
Despite suffering losses in singles competition. Kyle Davis and Jim Williams received post-match praise from Walrath. Davis dropped a tough 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 decision to Tyler Underwood.
“Kyle Davis played a nice match for us at third singles where he lost in the third-set match tie-breaker,” Walrath said. “This should be a confidence builder for him in that he played a schooled tennis player and more than held his own.”
Williams won just one game in a straight sets setback to Brandon Stone at second singles.
“Jim Williams played the best match I have seen him play,” Walrath reported. “He exchanged long rallies with a very good player. The score doesn’t indicate how hard and well Jim competed. Jim was our Hustle Award winner last night for his efforts.”
Cortland is scheduled to travel to Fulton this afternoon for a 4:30 p.m. league match. On Friday, Cortland will host Mexico in a Freedom Division doubleheader at 4:30 p.m.


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