OTTAWA – The Ottawa-Glandorf boys tennis team was coming off a title in the Van Wert Invitational when they hosted Wapakoneta Monday night at the Ottawa Tennis Courts.
The Titans were looking to solidify their unbeaten start to the 2019 season, as well as take a major step toward a Western Buckeye League title, against the Redskins.
Led by second singles player Parker Schomacker, the Titans got it done with a 4-1 victory on a sunny but chilly and windy afternoon.
“We knew coming in that we had a handful of good tennis players and we had a handful of athletes. We know we have athletes because we have a lot of competitors,” Ottawa-Glandorf head coach Jay Laubenthal said. “The key to high school tennis is competitiveness and the ability to be adaptable. These kids do what they have to do to compete and win. They will change up their games if they have to in order to try and take advantage of an opponent’s weaknesses. That is another strength of this group.”
Despite the loss, Wapakoneta head coach Elise Minick was pleased with her team’s spring.
“It didn’t go well for us today but overall, I am very pleased with how we’ve played this spring. I can say every player we have out there is improved from a year ago,” Minick said. “We’ve made great improvements in our games. We have doubles players playing singles and they are doing a great of it. All of our guys are doing well; they may be surprising opponents but they aren’t surprising me.”
Schomacher had to rally to defeat Curtis Hughes 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Other winners for the Titans (9-0, 4-0 WBL) were lefty third singles Colin Welch over John Doll 6-2, 6-2; the first doubles of Drew Kuhlman and Kameron Maag over Austin Hancock and Noah Kirby 6-2, 6-2; and the second doubles duo of Sam Schmenk and Nolan Unterbrink over Logan Shirk and Jesse MacKenzie 6-4, 6-0.
“We try to build our team with an all-around game; be able to play any way you can to try and take advantage of an opponent and suit your style. That is one of the keys to our success this spring,” Laubenthal said. “We knew what kind of talent we had coming in but you don’t know how that will translate to the tennis court. Our athleticism is translating well to the game. Our goal is to continue to play that way.”
Minick knows her team is in for an interesting week as the post-season looms.
“We have three more WBL matches this week. I’m hoping we can keep playing well and come through, thus setting us up for a run in the WBL tournament; we are more than capable,” Minick said. “When you have to deal with the weather like we have here in Northwest Ohio, you have to be ready to be challenged. What helps us is that this crew brings the energy all the time. We have a play list on our bus and that helps us get ready during the long bus trips we have. In fact, as a coaching staff, we have to get them to settle down and focus. They do a great job of channeling their focus.”
The one victor for the Redskins (6-3, 3-1 WBL) was first singles Jeffrey Adkins, who downed Carter Welch 6-1, 6-3.