Waverly tennis falls to Southern Cayuga
WAVERLY, N.Y. - Waverly fell to Southern Cayuga 6-1 in IAC tennis action Monday.
"Southern Cayuga is coached really well and it showed today as most of the match-ups went their way," Waverly coach Michael Palanza said.
Southern took all four singles matches.
In first singles, Dakota Marshall defeated Waverly's Dusty Mack 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 while in second singles, George Murphy beat Nitya Deshmukh 6-2, 6-1. In third singles, Ryan Gill beat Waverly's Annie Kennedy 6-1, 6-0 and in fourth singles, Steven Farkas won over Rachel McNeal 6-0, 6-2.
The Wolverines won their lone match in second doubles as a team of Tristan Lasco and Valerie Sjoblom defeated Maddie Fessenden and Megan Pettit 6-1, 6-2.
In first doubles, Southern's duo of Brandon Stevens and Emmet Diz won over Waverly's Katrina Varano and Sean Lloyd 7-5, 6-1. In third doubles, Zack Abbott and Ross Shartell defeated Brian Schlicter and Matt Dibble 7-5, 6-1.
"The one bright spot for us came out of the second doubles pair of Tristan Lasco and Valerie Sjoblom who once again became the lone winner for us as they handled their pairing quite well," Palanza remarked.
"The nice thing about Tristan and Valerie is that they are improving at every match and quickly putting themselves into a good position once the IAC tournament comes around in two weeks. They are communicating very well and landing some very good shots. This is the play that if they can continue to produce, will push them deep into the conference tournament."
Palanza also felt that he had other strong performances from his players.
"Dusty Mack also had another strong showing going deep into three sets, however today he was battling a slight illness and just began to run out of gas toward the end of the third set," Palanza said. "Even though he took the loss I think the match was very positive for him as he really showed some good footwork and movement getting to some really good shots that Dakota had and also by setting some really nice line shots that fell for points."
Waverly (2-3) will have another difficult match on Wednesday as they host Lansing.