Bouncing in Boyne

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Coach Stephen Nellis does some last minute coaching to help senior Zachary Yurconis and junior Jacob Giardina prepare for their upcoming match.

Coach Stephen Nellis does some last minute coaching to help senior Zachary Yurconis and junior Jacob Giardina prepare for their upcoming match.

photo by Noah Bieniek

photo by Noah Bieniek

Coach Stephen Nellis does some last minute coaching to help senior Zachary Yurconis and junior Jacob Giardina prepare for their upcoming match.

Noah Bieniek, Senior Writer

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In the early morning of September 9th the Varsity Tennis team cleaned up the condo from the previous night’s activities and took a two minute drive in the morning dew covered UCS van to get to the twelve court tennis complex in Boyne City.

After a long night of playing Ping-Pong and cards they were ready to put in 100% and score some team points. They knew they had some tough competition ahead of them, but remained encouraged  by Coach Stephen Nellis to just stay in points and work on different shots and strategies, and get a feel of using them in games to help them in regular season play.

There were twelve courts at the complex which would allow all eight teams somewhere to warm up before their actual matches. However, six of the teams used two courts to warm up which caused two schools not to be able to warm up and unfortunately Ford was one of the two schools.“It was unfortunate that we weren’t able to grab a court to warm up on,” Senior 2 Doubles Sub Adam Dobry said about the situation, “It made me nervous.”

Junior 3 Doubles player Aleks Kosteski said, “My expectations were to win a medal or to at least finish in the Top 3.” Kosteski’s Senior 3 Doubles partner, senior Parker Shukwit realized very quickly that they had to play very well to reach Kosteski’s expectation. The 3 Doubles team finished with a record of (1-2) with a win in their first match against Elk Rapids.

Called to play one of the tournament’s first matches of the day were Senior CO-Captain #1 Singles Chris Zahron, who played Boyne City his first match and lost (3-4, 6-4). Junior Co-Captain #2 Singles Noah Bieniek, and his opponent was the player that eventually won the flight of 2 Singles from Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern and Bieniek lost (6-0, 6-0). Bieniek commented on not being able to warm up before the official start of the tournament, “I don’t really think it affected me too much, even though the score might look like it. I played well, but he was a really good player and had a really good, consistent first serve that he could control points with, and used to his advantage to beat me.” Bieniek followed up the loss to Forest Hills Northern with a win against Elk Rapids (6-3, 6-4) and a loss to Boyne City to finish (1-2) for the day.

Because it was an eight team tournament and there were only twelve courts at the main site for the tournament, there had to be two different areas the teams in the tournament could play at to make the event run smoother. One of those who had to leave the main site to play somewhere else was Junior 4 Singles Noah Durie,”When I had to go to the other site I was unable to watch and support my teammates during the tournament, while waiting for my next match.” 

Dobry and his Junior 2 Doubles partner Martin Westerland were able to roll past Alpena in their first match and moved to the semi-finals. In their second match Dobry, and Westerland collided with Boyne City, and it was a great match. Westerland’s serve and net play was able to secure a win in the first set for the Ford 2 Doubles team easily (6-1). In the second set Boyne City stepped their game up another level. And the 2 doubles were unluckily losing close games and lead to a second set loss (0-6). Before going into the third set tiebreaker Coach Nellis gave the pair a game plan to help lead them to success, “Avoid hitting the ball to the player at the net, it will make things a lot easier for you to be able to win.” Nellis also said, “This is a 10 Point Tiebreaker, it’s basically a race to 10, just Outlast them and try to limit mistakes and have fun.” Dobry took Nellis’ advice and ran with it. His consistent ground strokes away from their net-man helped the pair to win the close tiebreak (10-8) and move on to the Championship match against Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern who Dobry and Westerland eventually lost a tough match (0-6, 1-6).

Other Team Members Records

3 Singles Senior Will Kang (0-3)

1 Doubles Senior Zach Yurconis, and Junior Jacob Giardina (1-2)

4 Doubles Juniors Jake Holloway, and Patrick Nihranz (1-2)

It was a great experience for all the boys on the team and Junior 1 Doubles player Jacob Giardina would agree. “I would 100% do it again for the fact that it was a really fun tournament and there was great team bonding when we all stayed overnight in the condo. I feel like this tournament made me a better player and it was harder to ace the better competition,” Giardina said. Senior 1 Singles player Chris Zahron added, “Nellis brought up his Nintendo 64 and the team played Mario Tennis. We also brought a portable Ping Pong net and we played ping pong.” Senior Adam Dobry also commented, “It was a great experience and the highlight of my senior year so far.

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