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Copley boys tennis season highlighted by league title

6/5/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

Two doubles teams compete at state meet

COPLEY — Copley High School boys tennis head coach Mark Ullman said he will remember this year’s squad as an “an excellent team that was a pleasure to work with.”

The Suburban League champions finished with a perfect 7-0 mark in league play and a 14-5 overall record.

“We had an excellent year,” the coach said. “We had the most difficult schedule in the school’s history — a strong schedule — and that’s what we wanted. We played some very strong teams and that got us prepared for league play and for the tournaments after that.”

Ullman said two doubles teams from Copley qualified at the sectional tournament to move on to district play.

“Then we finished first and third at the districts and both teams qualified for the state [tournament],” he noted.

The doubles team that finished first at the district event included senior Andrew Ong and sophomore Gavin Aten. In the Division I State Tennis Tournament, which took place May 30-31 at The Ohio State University Varsity Outdoor Tennis Courts, Ong and Aten won their first match 6-1, 6-4 against a team from Upper Arlington High School. They lost in the next round to a team from Cincinnati Sycamore High School 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

Both players also excelled this season in singles play, Ullman said.

“They had very good years,” he stated. “Andrew played in the difficult No. 1 position, and he finished around 28-5 with some very close losses. Andrew, who has been a special player for us, is going to Duquesne University. Gavin was our No. 2 singles player, and he had a super record with more than 30 wins. He lost very rarely, and he was a real mainstay for the team.”

In addition, Ullman said, senior twins Matt and Nick Adzema took third place at the district tournament. At the state tournament, they lost in the first round 7-5, 6-1 to a team from Mason High School.

“They were our No. 1 doubles team basically the whole season, and they really only lost three matches,” the coach said. “They’ve really only played competitive tennis for two and a half years or so, and to get to the state tournament was unbelievable.”

Rounding out this year’s senior class for Copley was Max Juszczec, who played second doubles with sophomore Matt Kromalic.

“They did very, very well this year. They lost a few matches, but not many,” Ullman said. “It took a good team to beat them. They played very solidly all year. And in the sectionals, Matt did really well in the singles, where he was 3-1. So he shows a lot of promise.”

Also playing a key role for this year’s squad at third singles was freshman Kevin Du.

“He had a winning record, winning a number of close matches, but he’s still getting his feet wet for us,” the coach said. “He did a good job for us and we expect a lot from him in the future.”

Ullman said the program will lose several notable seniors to graduation, but he believes Copley should have another strong team in 2015.

“With some development, we should have a good team again,” he stated. “We’re looking for some progress from each returning player and I think we’ll be very competitive again. They each should be able to fulfill their potential.”

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