July 1, 2016

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Boys tennis: Bees third in Valley Division Tournament

Three was the lucky number for Medina’s boys tennis team at the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Tournament.

The Bees finished third in the team competition and earned individual third-place showings in all five championship brackets on Saturday.

Jake Liebler

Ian Kurela

Solon (57 points) and Hudson (48) claimed the top two spots, while Medina (28), Shaker Heights (19), and Mentor (8) were next in line in the NOC’s premier division.

At first singles, Bees senior Jake Liebler knocked off Mentor’s Brad Sackett 6-2, 7-3 in the third-place match. Hudson’s Steven Boslet won the title and Valley MVP honors.

Medina defeated Shaker Heights players in the other four brackets to decisively claim third place in the team standings.

Sophomore Connor Varney (second singles), senior Noah Yoder (third singles), seniors Brian Bachir and Mario Martinez (first doubles), and juniors Brad King and Jerek Pazgan-Lorenzo (second doubles) all went 2-1 on the day for the Bees.

The NOC Valley and River Division tournaments were originally scheduled for Friday, but were postponed to the weekend because of wet weather.

Twinsburg (52) edged Strongsville (51) and Mayfield (46) for the team title in the River Division. North Royalton (40), Cuyahoga Falls (35), and Brunswick (11) rounded out the field.

The Blue Devils’ top efforts were a pair of fifth-place showings.

Brunswick junior Ian Kurela beat North Royalton’s Rohit Anand 6-4, 7-6 (1) at first singles, while the first doubles team of sophomore Roger Boyer and senior Tyler Carpenter knocked off Cuyahoga Falls’ Michael Garberoglio and Tyler Reinhold 6-4, 6-0.

Blue Devils senior Nathan Canterbury (second singles), and the tandem of freshman Colin Emert and senior Mike Horvat (second doubles) placed sixth. Brunswick defaulted at third singles.

The Mustangs and Tigers shared the overall River crown by swapping their regular-season positions at the tournament. Strongsville was demoted from the Valley to the River this season when Shaker Heights joined the conference.

All five Medina County squads will begin tournament play Tuesday at the Medina Division I Sectional. Cloverleaf junior Jacob Dunbar is the No. 1 seed in the singles draw.

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