It was a long night of tennis when Hiland squared off with Canton Central Catholic Tuesday, April 12 in Canton.
The final score made it only a little longer for the Hawks.
With a number of the evening’s matches going long into the night, the two teams battled back-and-forth for the win, before CCC finally was able to pull out a 3-2 victory, making for a longer bus ride home for the Hawks.
“We had the five varsity matches, but they only had four courts, so with our five JV matches, it took a long, long time, especially with three of the varsity matches going on for long three-setters,” said Hiland coach Tyler Yoder. “We were there probably past 7:30.”
At first singles, senior Adrian Rodriguez got the best of Hiland senior Charlie Schlabach 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the first of three marathon three-set matches.
“Brad (assistant coach Brad Mullet) and I have been working with Charlie on becoming a better, more aggressive first singles player,” said Yoder. “That was a match he definitely could have won, but the other guy simply hit the ball back and Charlie has to learn how to take advantage of those kinds of situations. He has always been a doubles player, so this is new for him. He’ll learn that eventually.”
Hiland senior Logan Weaver earned a difficult three-set win over CCC sophomore Nico Henderson, winning 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. According to Yoder, it was the junior’s finest effort.
“Logan played a super match,” said Yoder. “He struggled a bit in the middle set, but that first and third set is the best I have ever seen Logan play. It was a very complete effort all-around.”
Hiland junior Grant Gingerich got the Hawks off and running in the win column, quickly dispatching Drew Grissom 6-1, 6-3 in a rare two-setter.
In first doubles play, CCC seniors Lucas Seymour and Anthony Dejregovi fought off Hiland sophomores Joey Miller and Timothy Schlabach 6-1, 6-4, while at second doubles, a marathon match went the way of Central too. Tommy Grabowsky and Noah Dulik battled back-and-forth all night with Hiland’s Terrell Hostetler and Patrick Miller. Hiland actually won the initial set 1-6, before Central rallied to claim the final two sets by scores of 6-3, 6-3.