Boys Tennis: Hubs take third at Interstate 8 Championships

The Rochelle Hub varsity tennis team finished third in the Interstate 8 Conference Championships this season. Six Hub netters earned medals during the tournament. Above from left to right are Alex Gilbert, Peter Forsberg, David Wanner, Parker Lenkaitis, John Green, Owen Haas, Devansh Patel and Jason Zheng. (Courtesy photo)

Six Rochelle netters medal in varsity tournament

OTTAWA — The Rochelle Hub varsity tennis team took third place with 21 points in the Interstate 8 Conference Varsity Championship at Ottawa on Tuesday. Six Hub netters received medals for their respective performances during the Interstate 8 meet. Rochelle will gear up for the IHSA 1A Geneseo Sectional beginning Friday, June 4 and concluding Saturday, June 5.

Sophomore David Wanner medaled in second place at No. 1 singles. Wanner opened the bracket with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Kaneland’s Josh Brunscheen before falling 4-6, 0-6 against Morris netter Justin Metesh in the finals. Junior Alex Gilbert medaled in third at No. 2 singles, winning his first match 6-2, 6-4 but losing 1-6, 2-6 to Ottawa’s Adam Gross in the semifinals. Gilbert claimed the third-place match over Kaneland’s Aden Mumm, winning 6-1, 6-1.

Sophomore Owen Haas and junior Peter Forsberg medaled in second place at No. 2 doubles, defeating Kaneland 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals and falling 3-6, 2-6 against Ottawa in the finals. Freshman Parker Lenkaitis and sophomore John Green medaled in third at No. 3 doubles, bouncing back from an opening loss against Morris to earn two victories over LaSalle-Peru (6-4, 6-1) and Kaneland (6-3, 6-2) in the consolation bracket. Juniors Jason Zheng and Devansh Patel finished fifth at No. 1 doubles, conceding losses against Kaneland and Morris.

JV

The Hubs recorded a third-place finish with 17 points in the Interstate 8 Conference JV Championship at Rochelle on Tuesday. Freshman Jimmy Chavez finished fourth in the singles bracket, winning his first match 10-6 before losing his next two matches 1-10 and 2-8.

Sophomores Evin Odle and Nolan Fonfara placed second at No. 1 doubles, winning their semifinal match 10-4 and falling 4-10 in the finals. Sophomore Ryan Ward and freshman Avery Auld took fourth in the No. 2-3 doubles bracket, winning their first match 10-8 and dropping their next match 3-10 before retiring the third-place match.

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