LIMA – Ottawa-Glandorf hopes to finish out its Western Buckeye League boys tennis regular season schedule unbeaten.
Saturday at the WBL tennis tournament at the University of Northwestern Ohio, the Titans finished up as the league tournament champions for head coach Jay Laubenthal.
After Thursday’s first round indoors at the Westwood Tennis and Fitness Center, players Saturday had to deal with chilly weather and a bit of a breeze at UNOH and even the later return of sprinkles.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s s Parker Schomaeker collected the second singles championship by defeating St. Marys’ Andy Vogel 6-3, 6-4 in the finals.
Also winning finishing first for O-G were the first doubles duo of Drew Kuhlman and Kamron Maag, who defeated Elida’s Jacob Ramirez and Riley Creps 6-1, 6-3 in the finals as well as the second doubles tandem of Nolan Unterbrink and Sam Schmenk defeated St. Marys’ Mat Kawalec and Justin Grannan 6-0, 6-0 in the championship match.
“We put ourselves in a good position Thursday,” Laubenthal said. “Everybody won their matches to set us up for today. We had confidence coming into today.”
Wapakoneta won the other two singles slots: at first singles, where Jeffrey Adkins triumphed against Elida’s Tyler Christoff 6-2, 6-0.
At third singles, John Doll outlasted O-G left-hander Colin Welch 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
“At our practice Friday, I hit with them and the guys were hitting well. That gave us confidence to come into today and play well,” Laubenthal said. “In our matches today, Colin beat a guy he lost to in the regular season in Mason King of St. Marys 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals. That was a good sign for us that we continue to improve. As a coach, that is what you like to see, getting better as you move on.”
In the semifinals, at first singles, Adkins defeated Carter Welch of O-G 6-2, 6-2 and Christoff upended Howie Spencer of St. Marys 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
At second singles, Schomaeker downed Hunter Perry of Defiance 6-0, 6-1 and Vogel did the same to Zane Fast of Van Wert 6-4, 6-2.
At third singles, Doll bested Elida’s Riley Fricke 6-3, 6-4.
At third singles, Adkins defeated Carter Welch of O-G 6-2, 6-2 and Christoff upended Howie Spencer of St. Marys 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Kuhlman and Maag bested Van Wert’s Nathan Ruger and Kaden Thomas 6-0, 6-2 and Ramirez and Creps fought past Robert Martinez and Andrew Frederick of Defiance 7-5, 1-6, 6-2.
Unterbrink and Schmenk knocked off Wyatt Wuest and Eric Butler 6-1, 6-3 and Kawalec and Grannan won a three-setter against Nick Carter and Jace Fast of Van Wert, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
“Our mindset this year was ‘next point.’ The idea was always to look forward instead of back,” Laubenthal said. “As we got better at implementing that on the court, we got better at forgetting a bad shot or a bad serve. That was our mentality this year, and the guys did a good job of applying it to their matches. We did a good job of putting that into play as we went on.”
In the third-place matches, Spencer downed Welch 6-2, 6-3 at first singles.
At second singles, Perry got past Fast 1-6, 5-4 (retired).
At third singles, Fricke downed King.
At first doubles, Martinez and Frederick beat Ruger and Thomas.
At second doubles, Carter and Jace Fast defeated Butler and Wuest.
The players voted for a Sportsmanship Award, which went to Kenton’s Taj Chahal.
“No matter if you win or lose, you have to keep it all in perspective. I made a habit of saying ‘nice shot’ or ‘nice play’ to my opponents,” Chahal said. “It was always about trying to improve myself and better my game, and you never improve yourself or better your game by being negative to yourself or your opponent. My parents taught me that from a young age. You can only control what you do on the court.”
With regular-season matches to go, final standings will not be determined until mid-week, but O-G has already clinched the championship as well as the overall title.