Thursday, September 23, 2021

Hornets close league play with win over Wickliffe

Kirtland defeated host Wickliffe on Monday, 4-1, to close out the Chagrin Valley Conference portion of its schedule with a 6-2 record.

“We had a great conference season,” said Kirtland coach Bob Lasecki. “We came a long way and so many stepped up when needed.” I’m so proud of them.”

Kyle Lutz won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles and Octavian Dunca, who normally plays doubles, pulled out a 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 win at second doubles. Reid Friedenberg dropped a 2-6, 7-5, 10-0 decision at third singles.

“Octavian went to second singles and won a two-hour match in tie-breakers. That was huge for him coming back to win,” Lasecki said. “Kyle was awesome at first singles and Reid battled back from match point in the second set to lose in tie-breakers.”

Alex Weaver and Mike Schnur teamed up to win 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles and Justin Aranavage and Christian Heimsoth won at second doubles, 6-1, 6-0.

“Justin has a banged up knee, so he moved to doubles with Christian and they were dominant as were Alex and Mike,” Lasecki said.

Nathon Cardon won 8-0 in a JV singles match and Amber Yurich and Sofia Alfieri teamed up to win their JV doubles match, 8-6.

Kirtland hosts Gilmour on Tuesday.

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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