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.
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.