MEDINA: The weather turned colder with sleet and rain midway through the Suburban League Tennis Championships at Medina High School on Saturday, stopping play until 10 a.m. Monday.
Last year, Copley was both the regular season and tournament champion, but this year perennial power Revere comes into the tourney as the regular-season champ at 7-0 and 11-2 overall.
Coach Paul Fisher said the Minutemen have the solid core needed for the kind of season they have put together.
“We have had real strong play at first and second singles and first doubles,” Fisher said. “Those four guys have led us throughout the season.”
The breakthrough player for the Minutemen has been Noah Hendrickson. Home-schooled last year, the sophomore is 13-0, remarkable considering this is his first year playing high school tennis.
“Noah has come on very strong and his game is solid. He has a good serve with good volleys,” Fisher said.
The No. 1 singles player is senior Peter Harris, who is 7-4 coming into the tournament.
“Peter has played in a lot of tough matches at the No. 1 spot. His ground strokes have really improved,” Fisher said. “He is a bulldog; he’ll fight you for every point. He is just a winner.”
The top doubles team for Revere is the combination of George Michalos, a senior, and Brian Carano, a junior, who are 12-1 this year.
“We count them as a win every week,” Fisher said. “They were our No. 1 team a year ago and were Suburban League champs. They have good ground strokes and are great at finishing a point.”
Matt Harris, a freshman, is the No. 3 singles player and is 5-3 this season. The younger brother of Peter Harris, Matt’s future looks very bright.
“Matt has a lot of potential. Though he is obviously inexperienced as a freshman, he is great raw talent,” Fisher said.
After the tournament finishes Monday, Revere will prepare for the postseason with some nonleague matches.
A year ago, Peter Harris and Frank Jin, a junior who is on the No. 2 doubles team with sophomore Kyle Gorsman, qualified for the Division I state meet as a doubles team. Fisher said this year he will team up Peter Harris and Hendrickson for sectionals.
“They will be a real good team,” Fisher said.
On Monday, play will actually start for Cloverleaf’s talented Jacob Dunbar. His matches were held up because the sophomore had to take the ACT on Saturday.
Dunbar, who finished fourth at the Division I state championship last season as a freshman, was scheduled to take the test a few weeks ago but a bomb threat at Medina High School changed those plans.
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