May 4, 2010
Trojans revenge on CHS
With a sweep in singles matches, the Homer Central boys’ tennis team won its fourth straight OHSL Freedom Division match Monday.
The latest triumph came against visiting rival Cortland High, as the host Trojans posted a 5-2 triumph to avenge a narrow loss from earlier this season.
“It was a well-played match tonight for both Homer and Cortland,” winning coach Nancy Cavellier said after her Homer squad improved to 6-2 overall and in division play. The Purple Tigers fell to 6-2 in the Freedom Division, 9-2 overall.
Homer’s Jeff Eves picked up his third win with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 win over Jacob Klinger at first singles. Teammate Riley Bauer followed with a 6-4, 6-4 straight sets win over Kachi Anumonwo at second singles with Nick Larison scoring a 6-3, 7-5 triumph at third singles over Mike Hall.
Keefe Garrett continues his solid season for the Trojans by improving to 7-1 at fourth singles, taking a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Jack O’Donnell.
“Nick had pure determination,” Cavellier explained. “He was down 2-5 in the second set and came back. Riley also played a well tonight and kept his match interesting. He certainly has incredible footwork and did what was needed for the win.
“Jeff stepped up to the plate,” she continued, referring to Eves. “He was composed and focused. This was a great match to watch. I couldn’t be more proud of Jeff, especially coming back in the tie-breaker being down 3-6. Jeff has several weapons on the court and moved the ball nicely. Keefe has come on strong this season and really focuses his opponents’ strengths and weaknesses.”
The Trojans also scored a win at first doubles with Casie Garrison and Scott McLaughlin posting the 6-2, 6-2 victory over David Russell and Kyle Fussner.
“Casie is just so quick at the net with Scott’s strong baseline shots,” Cavellier said. “They make a great doubles team when we don’t have Casie and Jeff together.”
Cortland recorded its two victories at second and third doubles.
Tanner Jones and Jeff Brown teamed up for the first time this season and were 6-2, 6-4 winners over Trojans Bob Chambrone and Matt Schrader at second doubles. Randy Lin and Kelley Thomsen are now 6-1 after their 6-0, 6-2 win at third doubles over Jason Crawford and Matt Swenson.
“Homer was strong and clearly the better team,” Purple Tigers coach Bob Walrath said. “I was a little disappointed that we didn’t meet the challenge and play up to our abilities throughout the lineup. Our winning doubles teams had a little more experience, and Kachi won our Hustle Award, playing extremely well in losing to one of their stronger players.”
Cortland is back in Freedom Division action this afternoon with a 4:30 p.m. match at East Syracuse-Minoa. Homer will return to Freedom Division action Wednesday, visiting Chittenango for a 4:15 p.m. match.
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