The "Final Four" of the Boardman Tennis Center Davis Cup League were established last week but division titles were still up for grabs. Calcutta handed East leader its first loss with a hard-fought, high quality 23-17 win.
That allowed Poland to move into first after a 26-4 drubbing of East Liverpool. Hubbard turned back Mill Creek, 26-13 to round out the division. Canfield-B won a rivalry match-up over West leader Canfield-A, 21-19. Squaw Creek then won the West with a 26-4 crushing of winless Boardman Srs. A matchup of 1-6 teams saw Lordstown hold off Boardman Juniors, 23-18.
Calcutta over Hermitage, 23-17: C.Romero-Pou/A.Koymen
(H) d J.Thomas/D.Gomoll 10-7. Thomas d Romero-Pou 8-2. J.Cannon d
Poland over East Liverpool, 26-4; P. VanderKappellelM/M. Sheets (P)
d E. Drotleff/D. Fraley, 10-2. VanderKappelle (P) d Drotleff, 8-0. Sheets (P) d
Hubbard over Mill Creek, 26-13; R. Lehman/J. Flemming (H) d R.
Taneja/J. Willock, 10-4. Lehman (H) d Willock, 8-3. Flemming(H) d Taneja, 8-6
Canfield-B over Canfield-A, 21-19; D. Barton/A. Pavlansky(B) d
J. Sinclair/.B. Eorio, 10-6. Sinclair (A) d Barton, 8-3. Pavlansky (B) d Eorio, 8-5.
Squaw Creek over Boardman Srs., 26-4; T.Dickey/ S. Pugh (S)
d J. Senary/E. Sarac, 10-1. Dickey (8) d Senary, 8-0. Pugh (S) d Sarac, 8-3.
Lordstown over Boardman Jrs., 23-18; J. Ronghi/C. Polivka (L)
d D. Barrett/J. Testa, 10-7. Barrett (B) d Ronghi, 8-5. Polivka (L) d Testa, 8-3.
BTC's Winter Junior Team tennis saw its top four teams, of Tier I, remain within one match of each other while Tier 2 maintained a virtual tie with its top two teams. The Tier 1 (ninth grade and over) co-leaders made very different statements recently at Boardman Tennis Center. Blue smashed Black 9.5 - 0.5 while Maroon was upset by Purple 5.5 -4.5. Gold dominated Pink 7-3, and Red rallied past Silver 6.5 - 3.5 to leave both winners one match off the top.
Tier 2 (eighth grade and under) saw Green improve to 5-1-2 with a 9-5 decision over Yellow. Ruby stayed in a virtual tie, for the top spot, with a 6-2 record following a 9.5-5 victory over Gray. The last match saw the third and fourth place teams battle closely before Dark Blue nipped Light Blue, 8-6.
Tier 1 MVP for the day was Amanda Freedman, for 61,62,43(4) wins in the Red victory. Steve Stanko was the Tier 2 MVP, winning 61,61,43(4), in leading Dark Blue's 8 - 6 squeaker. Honorable mentions were Dan Svenson in Tier I and Frankie Eliscol/Rohun Vangal (in T-2). Top set-winners, in Tier 1, are led by Brandon Eorio and Grant Porterfield with 20 & 19.5 sets won, respectively. Cara Palusaki/Marissa Works follow with 18.5. Rajan Taneja leads T-2 with 18 while Chester Wickwire has 16.5, Jacinta Pikunas has 16, and Kate Ross has 14.5.
Blue over Black 9 1/2; Matt Milstead led Blue with triple-wins. Evan Lowers ruined the shut-out with a half-set win for Black.
Gold over Pink, 7-3; Dan Svenson/Jenny Hirschl led Gold as three-time winners. Arina Kravitz/Hallie Yerian/Mary Klacik all won a singles set for Pink.
Red over Silver 6 1/2 - 3 1/2; Red dropped two of the three opening doubles before rallying. Amanda Freedman was 3-0 for the winners. Dan Yozwiak won two of three for Silver.
Purple over Maroon, 5 1/2 - 4 1/2; Frankie Cox had triple wins for Purple. Max Morrow won 8-4 and 8-3 in his two sets for Maroon.
Dark Blue over Light Blue, 8-6; Steve Stanko/Frankie Elisco were both 3-0 for Dark, dropping only eight combined games. Adrianna Parella led Light with three wins.
Ruby over Gray 9 1/2-5; Ro.Yangai/M.Lee/J.Lee/M.Bolger/L.Wickwire/K.
Ross all went 2-0 for Ruby. Gray's Jacinta Pikunas won 6-2 and 8-0 in her pair of sets.
Green over Yellow, 95; Raj Taneja/David Hofsess/Mike DiRienzo were all triple winners for Green. Yellow's Lauren Grimm won four times.