Friday, September 22, 2023

CVC dominates at state tennis tournament

The Chagrin Valley Conference was well represented on the first day of the OHSAA Division II State Tennis Championships at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.

Three of the four singles players who advanced to the state semifinals and two of the four doubles teams remaining in the hunt for a state title represent the league.

Chagrin Falls senior Andrew Zimcosky, a two-time state champion, cruised into the semifinals with a 6-0, 6-0 win in the first round and a 6-2, 6-3 win in the quarterfinals.

He’ll face Orange sophomore Chika Nwaozuzu in the semifinals.

Nwaozuzu won his opener, 6-2, 6-1, and then advanced to the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win.

The winner of that match will play for a state title against the winner of the match between Orange’s Ben Pomeranets and Legacy Christian’s Tucker Culpepper.

Pomeranets, a junior who finished second to Zimcosky at state last spring, dominated in his first two matches. He opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 win and then won in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-1.

Orange will send at least one doubles team into the state championship match as senior Jake Goldstein and sophomore Gabi Kalir teamed up to advance to the semifinals with a 6-1, 7-6 win in the first round and a 6-2, 7-6 victory in the quarterfinals.

They’ll face teammates Ace Bloom and Krish Mehra. Bloom, a sophomore, and Mehra, a junior, won their first two matches 6-0, 6-0, and 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.



Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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