The Norwalk tennis team clinched the Northern Ohio League title outright Friday with a 4-1 win over Willard at the Norwalk Middle School courts.
The Truckers won all three singles matches, plus second doubles.
“The players picked a great night to play their best match of the season and achieve a major team goal,’’ said Norwalk coach Chris Higgins, whose team improved to 17-2 overall, 13-0 in the league. “All season we have known that Willard would be a very tough opponent and we came motivated and fired up for this home match.
“Trevor (Bowers), Harry (Love) and Sid (Beier) remain consistent in league play by putting all of the pressure on their opponents. Kyle (Scheid) and Kevin (Bickerstaff) were slow to start and it caught up with them in the end. They played very well in the second set but were unable to come out on top. Adam (Zorn) and Karson (Schaechterle) played one of their best matches of the year by keeping the ball in play and making their opponents run around the court.’’
Assisting Higgins are Dave Rehnborg, Howard Bowers and Kyle Bowers.
“The entire coaching staff is tremendously proud of this fine group of young men for their dedication through out the season,’’ Higgins said. “Like any successful team, you cannot achieve without great coaching. It has also been great having the support of the administration and the athletic director, Ray Scheid.”
The Flashes claimed a win at first doubles. Norwalk has one more NOL match left and that is scheduled for Monday at home against Bellevue.
Meanwhile, Bowers is slated to compete in the second day of the Division II sectional tournament today at Port Clinton. He will also compete in the district tournament starting Thursday at Bowling Green State University.
First singles: Trevor Bowers (N) def. Anthony Ivantchouk 6-0, 6-0.
Second singles: Harry Love (N) def. Luke Wiers 6-3, 6-1.
Third singles: Sid Beier (N) def. Ryan Pfefferle 6-3, 6-1.
First doubles: Eric Donnamiller-Alex Hanes (W) def. Kyle Scheid-Kevin Bickerstaff 6-2, 7-5.
Second doubles: Adam Zorn-Karson Schaechterle (N) def. Chris Lillo-Logan Rose 7-5, 6-2.