Thursday, September 23, 2021

Hornets edge Harvey

Next man in was the theme of the day for the Kirtland tennis team on Friday.

The Hornets were missing three starters but managed to pull out a 3-2 win over visiting Harvey at Lakeland Community College.

“That was a big win for our young guys,” said Kirtland coach Bob Lasecki. “We were missing Kyle (Lutz), Alex (Weaver) and Lauren (Lutz) but came up with the big win.”

Mike Schnur moved from first doubles to third singles and picked up a key 6-2, 6-2 win.

“Mike is a great competitor,” Lasecki said. “He has improved a lot since the start of the season.”

Reid Friedenberg and Justin Aranavage lost competitive matches and first and second singles, respectively.

Octavian Dunca and Nathan Cardon decided the match their 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win at first doubles. Christian Heimsoth and Lance Dolovacky picked up a forfeit at second doubles.

“Octavian and Nathan really played well and came up with big shots when they needed to,” Lasecki said. “Coach Harvey and I love the versatile of our team and how they bounce back when they need to. I’m so happy for Octavian and Nate. It was a big win for them and the team. It seems like every match someone new steps up. Today it was Mike, Octavian and Nate.”

Kirtland travels to Wickliffe on Monday.

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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