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Maumee Boys Tennis Team Earns Third Win At MCVDS

Maumee sophomore Mitchell Sayre returns a shot at the net during an April 4 match against Bowling Green. Sayre led the Panthers to a 5-0 victory at Maumee Valley Country Day School on April 26 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at first singles. MIRROR PHOTO BY JOE NEGRICH

BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s boys tennis team captured its third win of the season with a 5-0 match over Maumee Valley Country Day School on April 26. Sophomore Mitchell Sayre led the Panthers with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Hawks first singles player Zack Zafadi. “We decided to mix things up a little and have Mitchell play the No. 1 singles spot,” said Maumee coach Ken Slivka. “He came through with a solid win against a good opponent.” Maumee junior Joud Obri added a 6-2, 6-3 second singles wina over Abdel Osman and sophomore Parker Darah outlasted Joel Helmick at the third position, 3-6, 7-6, 10-7. “Parker won the first singles match of his varsity career after spotting his opponent the first set,” Slivka said. At doubles, Panthers juniors Jacob Brewer and Jacob Ridenhour teamed up for a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Maumee Valley’s top team of Ben Wielgopolski and Evan Abdoo, and senior Logan Kane and junior Cole Imm topped the Hawks’ second squad of Alba Escale and Isabel Rocha, 6-1, 6-3. “Most of these matches were close, as our guys really had to focus and compete for every point,” Slivka said. Perrysburg 5, Maumee 0 The following day, Maumee dropped to 3-10 with a 4-1 loss to the Northern Lakes League’s first-place Yellow Jackets. “This was our home match, but because of a wet forecast, we moved it indoors to the Perrysburg Tennis Center,” Slivka said. The closest Panthers match came at third singles, where Obri suffered a 6-1, 2-6, 5-7 loss to Perrysburg’s Ben Martz. Mitchell Sayre managed another game during a 1-6, 0-6 second-singles loss to Tom Cassity, but the Yellow Jackets swept the remaining three contests in shutouts. Ben Weider won the first singles match, Jacob Cady and Noah Tamlyn teamed up for the first doubles win and Elliot Schmittenberg and Nathan Englehart joined forces for the second doubles victory. The week began with a pair of Maumee losses in Sylvania. Southview 5, Maumee 0 During the Panthers’ loss at Southview on April 24, Imm and Darah came the closest to winning a match when they were edged by the Cougars’ second doubles team of Marwin and Michael Li, 3-6, 6-2, 3-6. “Cole and Parker played a very competitive match against a solid doubles team,” Slivka said. At first doubles, Southview’s Asher Kripke and Steffan McNerney defeated Maumee’s Brewer and Ridenhour, 6-0, 6-3. In singles action, the Cougars’ Nathan Podolsky beat Kane 6-1, 6-0 at the top spot, Matthew Rothschild bettered Sayre 6-0, 6-1 at the second position and Ben Taylor topped Obri 6-0, 6-4 at the third. “This match was good news and bad news for Logan,” Slivka said. “The good news was that this match was on BCSN and Logan will be able to watch it many years from now. The bad news was that his opponent is probably the second-best player in the league. “Logan managed to compete on many of the rallies and points, even though the final score was a little lopsided.” Northview 5, Maumee 0 The Panthers’ doubles teams both played very well on April 25, despite a loss at Northview. Maumee’s first doubles team of Brewer and Ridenhour suffered a 3-6, 4-6 loss to the Wildcats’ tandem of Feross Sarsour and Jared Freeman, and the Panthers’ second squad of Imm and Darah were edged by Northview’s Hrishi Saraiya and Jude Baroudi 4-6, 4-6. “Even though the team lost big, our doubles guys were able to give their opponents a pretty good run,” Slivka said. Obri managed two more Maumee points during a 2-6, 0-6 third singles loss to Anthony Kamenny, but the Wildcats’ Anish Karnani and Dominic Ciucci both played to 6-0, 6-0 wins at the top two spots.

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