The weather stopped play long enough for the players to grab some pizza and kick back, but once the action resumed, it was all Chippewa, as the Chipps took control in a 4-1 victory.
Hiland head coach Tyler Yoder continues to tweak his line-up, trying to fit young players into the right rolls.
The one good thing that came out of this contest was the lone tandem victory for the first doubles team of Charlie Schlabach and Logan Weaver.
“I like them together a lot,” said Yoder of the pair, who won 6-4, 6-4. “I knew Logan was playing doubles at the beginning of the year, but it was a matter of what we wanted to do with Charlie. He’s played both singles and doubles, but I like the way the mesh together.”
While Seth Haun and Dillon Zimmerly are both solid players at the top of the singles play for the Hawks, but bother were handed quick losses from quality Chipps opponents. Haun fell 6-0, 6-0, while Zimmerly was beaten 6-2, 6-1.
“Those two usually will have a chance to be in every match, although they struggled tonight,” said Yoder. “Dillon looked super-strong the first 20, 25 minutes, until the wheels kind of fell off. It’s his first year with any extensive varsity play. Really, with the exception of Charlie at first singles, nobody is playing where they were last year, or they are all new.”
At third singles, newcomer Grant Gingerich played well, but fell 6-2, 6-4.
“I like Grant at third singles,” said Yoder. “He’s a bit tough for guys to figure out. For a first year player, I think we can turn him into a solid singles player.”