LIMA — Good tennis players know when to turn it on.
After Lima Central Catholic’s Alex Swick dropped the first set 4-6 to Maumee Valley Country Day’s Annu Reddy in Saturday’s championship match of the LCC Boys Tennis Invitational at the Collett Street Courts, he quickly regained his composure and dominated the next two sets 6-0, 6-1 to win the match.
“I came out rather complacent in the first two matches, and I kind of breezed through those,” Swick said. “Then I came out kind of soft in the third match (championship match). But, all the credit to him (Reddy) for making me pay for it. He played a great match. You don’t want to go three (sets) on your third one (match of the day).”
Reddy said Swick eventually took control of the match.
“In the first set, I think I was a lot more aggressive,” Reddy said. “I was serving, volleying a lot. He made a lot of mistakes as well. But after that, he played very well. …He really stepped up his game and he worked hard. In the end, he actually outworked me.”
Swick, a senior, has been to the state tournament all three years. Last season, Swick teamed up with John Kidd in the postseason for doubles and finished the campaign with a second-place finish at the state tournament.
On Saturday, Shawnee won the team title, defeating second-place Maumee Valley Country Day 44-23. LCC finished third (21), while Bluffton and Van Wert tied for fourth (12). There were eight teams in the tournament.
The format for Saturday’s tournament featured one division for singles and then four divisions for doubles action. Shawnee displayed its depth by sweeping all four doubles divisions.
The Shawnee duo of Jason Barton and Josh Thomas, won the championship flight. They defeated LCC’s Dylan Niese and Zach Schroeder in the finals, 6-1, 6-0.
In “B” doubles, Shawnee’s Carter Jones and Scott Jettinghoff ousted Country Day’s Hihal Katter and Charles Bachlot in the championship match, 6-2, 6-1.
In “C” doubles, Ruthvic Avvari and Prudvic Battula defeated the Van Wert combination of Alex Bair and Eli Alvarez in the finals, 7-5, 6-4.
In “D” doubles, Neil Parsa and Rohan Cosukla gave Shawnee another title when they ousted Country Day’s Jad Salam and Mathew Viera 6-2, 6-3.
“All the boys played well,” first-year Shawnee coach Roy Gillespie said. “Everyone played well, top to bottom. We’re a solid team …We have a chance of being a great team. But, we have a long ways to go.”
Gillespie feels confident in the current lineup and does not foresee any major changes.
“We’ve got our lineup pretty well set. We will mix it up a little bit at non-league matches, just to give the boys some playing time. But for the league, we’re pretty much set on where the lineup is,” he said.