Rochester 3, Tippecanoe Valley 2
It came down to one court, and when the dust settled, Rochester had itself a win on its home surface Monday night.
After splitting the first four matches 2-2, it came down to No. 2 singles, where Brock Bowers outgunned Cam Manuel 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to claim the swing point for the Zebras and the team win to start Rivalry Week.
The Zebras also won at No. 3 with Drew Strasser taking down Wyatt Reiter 6-3, 6-1, and at No. 2 doubles with Robert Bozzo and Jake Freeman beating Brady Minix and Tristyn Ragon 6-0, 6-0.
Valley countered with Dylan Neese beating Brayden Zink 7-5, 7-5 at No. 1 and the No. 1 doubles team of Annikan Pettit and Cooper Walls taking out Tanner Reinartz and Cody Smith 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Levi Sampsell split with DeOndre Hamilton 8-4 and 6-2 in JV play.
Plymouth 4, NorthWood 1
The Pilgrims claimed a Northern Lakes Conference victory Monday in a make-up game in Nappanee from earlier in the year.
NorthWood had its lone court win at No. 1 doubles, where Brady Chupp and Chaz Yoder continued to work towards a seed in the NLC tournament with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over Bennet Christy and Matt Manzuk.
At No. 2 doubles, Liam Fort and Cam Shively bested Nic Anderson and Karson Kirby 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Plymouth’s singles all won in straights, led by Carter Snyder with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Charles Anderson, Easton Strain with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Isaac Roberts and Martin Baca with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory against Wes Steiner.
Plymouth claimed eight of the 12 JV courts on the opposite courts. Caleb Yoder had a singles win for NorthWood amongst the junior action.
Grace Men 4, Huntington 3
In a match that spanned nearly forty-eight hours, the Grace men’s tennis squad held off Huntington 4-3 to remain unbeaten on the season. The contest started on Saturday, but was postponed because of darkness and completed on Monday afternoon.
The Lancers (5-0, 4-0 CL) faced their toughest opponent to date and had to win the final two singles matches to claim the victory. Nicolas Doria recorded the winning point by knocking off Huntington’s Diego Tapia 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 6 singles spot.
Grace claimed the doubles point by winning two of the three contests on Saturday. Ramiro Candia and Fabricio Galvan won 6-3 at No. 2 doubles, while Max Rozas and Doria took No. 3 doubles 6-1.
The Foresters needed to win four of the six singles contests to win the match. Rozas won 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2 singles, but Huntington managed wins at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 to take a 3-2 lead overall. Candia cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles to set the stage for Doria’s dramatic win.
The Lancers have a busy week ahead, including a Tuesday doubleheader at Spring Arbor, facing the host and nationally-ranked Indiana Wesleyan.