Isaac Sprague claimed the number two singles title to lead the Concordia High School tennis team to a second-place finish in the quadrangular it hosted on Thursday.
Sprague opened with an 8-2 win over Eli Harmon, St. John’s Military Academy. He downed Tony Hooyer, Marysville, 8-3 and beat Ben Strommen, Concordia junior varsity, 8-1.
“Isaac played strong tennis today. He hit the ball very well and did a nice job of adjusting his game to different styles of play,” Concordia coach Steven Mitchell said.
Concordia scored 19 points in the meet.
Maryville captured the team title with 28 points. St. John’s was third with 11 points and the Concordia JV scored two points.
Joel Timme finished third in number one singles for Conordia.
Romy Rohovit and Tristin Morgan placed second in number two doubles for the Panthers, and Andrew Sheely and Logan Whitney were second in number two doubles.
“The varsity had a decent day today. We improved in some areas, but slipped back in others. We lost a lot of points today because of our lack of quickness and concentration. These guys all have the ability to make some really good shots, but need to find a way to bring it all together. It was a nice day for tennis, and overall the guys felt good about their play,” Mitchell said.
Timme lost his first match to Santiago Veullimeir, St. John’s, 8-3. He fell 8-5 to Tanner Wright, Marysviille, and defeated Josh Timme, Concordia JV, 8-1.
“Joel lost a couple of tough matches today in a strong field of number one players. He hit the ball better today, but is still struggling with his movement on the court. I thought he made some real progress in his match against Marysville, mixing up shots and trying some different strategies,” Mitchell said.
Rohovit and Morgan beat Paul Meyer and Darvis Bridgeman, St. John’s, 8-3. They lost 8-3 to Garrison Wright and Joe McNish, Marysville, and then beat Dan Longfellow and Bailey Kymer, Concordia JV, 8-0.
“Romy and Tristin had another solid day. They were not able to challenge Marysville as much as we would have liked, but otherwise had a positive day. They need to do a better job of controlling their emotions on the court, but otherwise are making solid gains,” Mitchell said.
Sheely and Whitney got past Jake Whitting and Branden Wright, St. John’s, 8-6. They were beaten 8-5 by Cody Hill and Tommy McNish, Marysville, and knocked off Izaiah Grogan and Connor Reynolds, Concordia JV, 8-2.
“Andrew and Logan didn’t play their best tennis today. They battled through a tough match against St. John’s, getting a nice win there. They struggled at keeping the ball away from the net against Marysville and ended up losing a match they could have won,” Mitchell said.
Josh Timme lost 8-0 to Wright and 8-0 to Veullimier in number one singles, and finished fourth.
Strommen was third in number two singles. He lost 8-0 to Hooyer, and beat Harmon, 8-7 (7-5).
In number one doubles, Longfellow and Kymer fell 8-1 to Wright and McNish and 8-5 to Meyer and Bridgeman.
Grogan and Reynolds were beaten 8-0 by Hill and McNish and 8-2 by Whitting and Wright.