Switching up the lineup, the Concordia High School tennis team placed second in the quadrangular it hosted on Thursday.
Ellsworth won the meet with 17 points.
Concordia scored 15 points. Chapman also scored 15 points, and St. John’s Academy was fourth with 13 points.
“We had a nice meet today. All of the teams were fairly equal, and we saw some competitive matches,” Concordia coach Steven Mitchell said, “We had a couple of good chances to get another win, which would have moved us into first place. We moved our lineup around some today, putting Joel (Timme) at number one singles and moving Tristin (Morgan) to doubles. All of our guys seemed very comfortable in their roles today, so we will probably look to keep it this way for at least the next couple meets.”
Concordia got second-place finishes by Romy Rohovit and Tristin Morgan in number one doubles and Isaac Sprague in number two singles.
Joel Timme, playing number one singles, and Andrew Sheely and Logan Whitney, number two doubles, placed third.
Rohovit and Morgan knocked off Adrian Fink and Riley O’Neal, Chapman, 8-2. They lost 8-7 (7-2) to Taylor Bahan and Josh Bahr, Ellsworth, and defeated Darius Bridgeman and Paul McCaffrey, St. John’s, 8-2.
“This was Romy and Tristin’s first time together at number one doubles, and they played very well together. They had a chance to win all three matches, but let a lead slip away from them in the Ellsworth match. I was really impressed with their volleys and how well they worked together today. They will have to improve on their serves to be able to challenge the top teams,” Mitchell said.
Sprague dropped his first match to Chet Floyd, Chapman, 8-4. He then beat Aiden Mendez, Ellsworth, 8-0 and Matt Davis, St. John’s, 8-1.
“Isaac had a successful day at number two singles. He played steady and solid all day and was able to win two of three matches,” Mitchell said, “I really like how hard he competed and went for his shots. Isaac needs to learn to pick up on his opponent’s shot selection a little quicker to take that next step forward.”
Timme opened with an 8-1 win over Shane Williams, Chapman. He lost 8-6 to Isaac Herzog, Ellsworth, and 8-4 to Santiago Vullieumer, St. John’s.
“Joel moved into number one singles today and looked very comfortable. He played excellent tennis all day, and his losses were to a couple of excellent players. Joel served very well and had excellent shot selection. He needs to get a little bit quicker in getting set up against some of the top players,” Mitchell said.
Sheely and Whitney were beaten 8-6 by Nathan Nelson and Kade Stroud, Chapman. They downed Angus Sufon and Roy Zelenka, Ellsworth, and then fell 8-5 to Eli Harmon and Brandon Wright, St. John’s.
“Andrew and Logan played three close matches today and came up with one win. This was a very balanced number two doubles field today, and all of the matches were very competitive. These two continue to improve and adjust to the varsity level,” Mitchell said.