“This isn’t tennis, this is wind ball,” said Hiland head tennis coach Tyler Yoder on Saturday, April 2 at the 2016 Hiland Tennis Invite.
Four tennis teams from Hiland, West Holmes, Kidron Central Christian and Triway battled the elements all day attempting to hit accurate tennis shots against a stiff wind.
It wasn’t easy and it really wasn’t how the folks that invented tennis intended the sport to be played.
“It’s not really tennis,” said West Holmes coach Jason Otto about the conditions. “Really it’s all about who can adjust to the ball and play smarter because it’s hard to play in this stuff.”
The key to the day though, as bad as the weather was, was these young athletes braving the cold and giving their best efforts.
When it was all said and done and folks darted for heated vehicles, the Triway Titans came out on top with nine points for the invite win. West Holmes and Hiland tied for second with eight team points and Central finished fourth with five points.
Ethan Meyer, West Holmes’ 1st singles veteran, kept his hot start to the season rolling with a 6-0, 6-2 win in the finals over Hiland’s Charlie Schlabach. Meyer got to the finals by beating Central’s Alexander Seymour 6-0 and 6-2. Schlabach reached the finals by beating Triway’s Ethan Mann.
West Holmes got the win in 1st doubles as well. Seniors Madison Cox and Eric Biltz brought home the title by first knocking off Hiland and then Triway in the finals. Cox and Biltz defeated Triway with an epic second set win, 6-2, 7-5.
Central’s Micah Mullet won 2nd singles 6-1, 6-2 over Hiland’s Logan Weaver and Grant Gingerich took home the 3rd singles title for Hiland with a win over J.J. Myers of Triway 6-2, 6-2.