Hornets close regular season with win over Wickliffe

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Reid Friedenberg

KIRTLAND—Kirtland’s tennis team concluded its final tune-up for Wednesday’s sectional tournament with a 4-1 win over visiting Wickliffe on Tuesday.

“That was a great way to end the season and to get ready for the Division II sectional at Hawken,” said Kirtland coach Bob Lasecki. “For a very young team, they exceeded all expectations. It was an awesome group to coach.”

Kyle Lutz defeated Malakai Blake, 6-2, 6-2, at first singles and Nathan Cardon topped Leah Borisch, 6-0, 6-0, at second singles.

Wickliffe’s Brenton Petras beat Reid Friedenberg, 6-1, 6-3, at second singles.

Kirtland swept both doubles matches with Justin Aranavage and Alex Weaver topping Mike Mulroy and Ian Ganniere, 6-0, 6-0, at first doubles and Octavian Dunca and Amber Yurick winning over Sabrina Stalley and Grace Bittence at second doubles, 6-2, 6-1.

Lasecki used several different lineups this season to prepare for the postseason and to provide each player with valuable match experience for future seasons.

“We had 11 players contribute at the varsity level and another 13 JV players all gained valuable playing experience,” he said. “I’m so happy for all of them. I’m looking forward to (Wednesday’s) sectional and the future. We will miss (seniors) Mike Schnur and Alex Weaver. They were a great addition to our team and helped on and off the court.”

Friedenberg is scheduled to play Gilmour’s Max Mendels in the first round of the sectional tournament while Lutz drew a bye and will play the winner of the first round match between NDCL’s Cam King and Perry’s Petar Galec. Aranavage will play Perry’s Dylan Kooyman.

Dunca and Christian Heimsoth open the postseason against Edgewood’s Thomas Hutchinson and Jacob Holden and Schnur and Weaver will open the postseason against Perry’s Mason Kooyman and Joe Compton.

The top four placers at sectionals advance to the district tournament.

After the season, the Hornets will continue to hit the court in preparation for next season and Lasecki and assistant coach Brian Harvey are eager to continue developing each player.

“The offseason will be fun with many players interested in improving and playing more tennis,” Lasecki said. “It’s cool from our perspective to see kids having fun, making friendships and competing. That’s why we took this job and we are excited for the future.”

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The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.