Greenville humbled by Northview tennis


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:37 am on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Greenville’s Sam Lindeman reaches to return a shot during the 4-singles match against Grand Rapids Northview Monday.

GREENVILLE — Greenville’s boys tennis team was coming off a couple of big wins last week, having beat Sparta Friday and winning the Lake Odessa Lakewood tournament Saturday.

Northview made sure the good times didn’t last.

The Wildcats had no problems with the Yellow Jackets in an O-K Bronze Conference matchup Monday, winning all eight of the flights for a sweep of Greenville.

“Once the guys settled down they played some tough tennis and they battled until the end,” Greenville coach Brandon Cushman said. “We had some long matches and I was happy with the results in the end of what I saw.”

Greenville’s Peter Januzelli returns a shot during the 3-singles match against Grand Rapids Northview Monday.

Greenville (1-3, 0-3) managed to take only one set in the eight matches, and that was the first set of the No. 3 doubles flight. Bryan Edwards and Alex Budge won that set 6-4, but dropped the final two 6-2, 6-4 to Matthew Oomkes and Stuart Barber of Northview.

“It was great seeing three sets. I thought they (Greenville) might pull it out in the end,” Cushman said. “They played very well today.”

Brandon Brom, the No. 1 singles player, made the second set of his duel with Northview’s Austin Hendrick. But Hendrick gave the Wildcats (2-2-1, 2-1) a 6-0, 6-3 win.

“He (Brom) did not let the first set affect him and he fought until the end,” Cushman said. “He’s very tough competition. He played well today.”

The only other close set was in No. 3 singles, where Peter Januzelli took Northview’s Danijel Baric to a 7-5 in the second set after losing the first set 6-1.

The Jackets’ next action will be on Wednesday when they play another O-K Bronze Conference meet against Cedar Springs on the road.

Cushman noted Greenville will have a bit of work to do before that meet.

“We just have to work on getting the ball in play where we can work on setting ourselves up for the points,” Cushman said. “We’re looking toward Wednesday. It should be a great match.”

NOTHVIEW 8, GREENVILLE 0

 Singles

1 — Austin Hendrick (N) def. Brandon Brom 6-0, 6-3.

2 — Jack Koperski (N) def. A.J. Ebels 6-0, 6-1.

3 — Danijel Baric (N) def. Peter Januzelli 6-1, 7-5.

4 — Ethan Rosser (N) def. Sam Lindeman 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles

1 — Josh Tull and Brendan Johnson (N) def. Matt LeBlanc and Jared Gager 6-0, 6-4.

2 — Ethan Robinson and Peter Gammons (N) def. Chris Ralph and Ryan Sprague 6-1, 6-4.

3 — Matthew Oomkes and Stuart Baker (N) def. Bryan Edwards and Alex Budge 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

4 — Adam Tull and Ryan Gilbert (N) def. Austin Heron and Noah Gager 6-4, 6-1.

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