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Tiger boys tennis tream takes third place at league tournament

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: May 10, 2017 12:00 AM

Twinsburg placed third overall in the Suburban League National Conference Tournament May 3.

Due to weather issues, the postponed tournament saw singles action hosted by Twinsburg and its new courts, while doubles play was hosted by Cuyahoga Falls.

"I couldn't be more proud of how we played in the tournament," said 10-year head coach Michael Porinchak.

Hudson won the tournament 34-32 over regular season champion Brecksville-Broadview Heights, but both teams shared the overall co-championship with 15 points.

Twinsburg placed third in the tourney in a 28-28 tie with North Royalton, which was third in the regular season, and edged the Tigers for third place overall.

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"All of the matches were eight-game pro sets so that we could get it all in for one day, but I thought it was cool for Twinsburg to show off our new courts and host the singles tournament," added the coach as the action ended under the lights.

"It was an awesome sight," said Porinchak, about the action under the lights.

First singles player Marco Nesic placed third overall as the sophomore was the fourth seed. He won the third-place match 8-7 over Hudson second seed Harrsha Congivaram.

After an 8-1 victory over North Royalton's Andrew Biegacki, Nesic fell 8-1 to top seed and eventual champion Aaron Yeh, of Brecksville.

In second singles play, senior Preston Bell finished in 3rd place thanks to an 8-5 win over Wadsworth fourth-seed Carter Moore.

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Bell was the third seed and followed an 8-1 win with a tough 8-4 loss to Hudson second seed Nicci Polifrone.

"Marco avenged a loss to Hudson from earlier in the season and Preston Bell fought very hard in each match," said Porinchak.

Senior Nick Carcione and junior Daryl Nana teamed to place third overall in the Suburban League at first doubles. The Tiger team was the fourth seed and edged third seeded Brecksville.

At third singles, Soumil Jain finished in fourth place after being the fifth seed overall. He fell 9-4 in a hard-fought third-place match to North Royalton second seed Ryan Newman.

Jain registered an 8-7 win over fourth seed Sam Hanna (Wadsworth) before falling to top seed David Tullett, of Hudson.

"With little varsity experience this year, Soumil played some of his best tennis in the first round against Wadsworth," said the coach. "He displayed a lot of guts to win in a tie breaker."

"The progress he has made is amazing and I can't wait to see where he is at next year," said Porinchak.

Porinchak praised Carcione and Nana.

"Nick and Daryl were perhaps our most consistent double steam all year," he said. "They fought very hard, but ran into a good team from Hudson. Not to be deterred, they finished very strong in their third-place match."

In second doubles play, sophomore Zach McIlroy and junior Ryan Lecaros won one match and placed fourth overall.

Twinsburg was set to compete at the Akron Division I sectional at Springside Racquet and Fitness Club May 9, but results were not available at press time.

The districts meeet will be May 18 at Springside.

"I am looking for Preston and Marco to make a strong run in the singles tournament and Nick and Daryl do well in doubles," noted the coach.

"they all have good draws and could get pretty far."

The Tigers posted a 3-2 win to end the regular season recently over Medina Highland to finish 11-5 overall.

Senior Erwin Nana and sophomore Mike Sterling recorded a huge 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 win at second doubles to secure the team win.

"That was a huge win for Erwin and Mike - they played some of the best tennis I have seen them play all year when we needed it the most," said Porinchak.

"The pressure was on them with both teams having won two courts, but they came through with some fantastic play. I was very proud."

Twinsburg also got wins from Bell at second singles as well as Carcione and Daryl Nana at first doubles.

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