West Holmes

Knights claim runner-up in own invite

The West Holmes Knights tennis team continued to improve in what has been a bit of a surprisingly successful season.

Coming into the campaign, head coach Jason Otto knew he had a load of inexperienced players vying for key roles, but the Knights continue to do some good things.

Hosting their West Holmes Knights invite, the Knights parlayed some solid efforts into a runner-up finish.

As expected, Massillon Washington came out on top, earning eight points to win the invite. West Holmes was able to sneak past Coshocton and Norwayne. The Knights totaled 4 points, while the Redskins gathered up 3.5 and the Bobcats earned 2.

West Holmes was able to take second place thanks to the first-place effort of Ethan Meyer and Eric Biltz. The Knights tandem knocked off Norwayne 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round, then faced Nate Teall and Spencer Compan of Massillon in the finals, where they pounded out a 6-3, 6-3 victory.

In second doubles, the Knights duo of Madison Cox and John Hippe reached the finals with a 4-6, 6-0 (11-9) squeaker over Coshocton. West Holmes was then stopped in the finals, falling to Mike Morgan and Alex Berbari of Massillon 6-3, 6-4 in a spirited contest.

At first singles, Norwayne’s Dillon early crushed everyone, never dropping a single game in winning both of his matches 6-0, 6-0, including one of those over West Holmes’ Jason Abraham.

At second singles, Nate Gregg also proved to be dominant, the Massillon player cruising in both of his wins 6-0, 6-0. West Holmes’ Nathan Hartley came back form his first round loss to Gregg to post a 6-0, 6-3 win over Jarren Sheppard of Norwayne in the consolation match for third.

In third singles, Massillon’s Gavin Manweiler easily won the title, suffering the loss of only one game. West Holmes’ Megan Morrison lost a heart-stopping 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) loss to Claymont’s Lukas Zitsch, but returned in the consolation round to claim a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Logan Snow of Norwayne.

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