It was a rough week for the Nordonia High School boys tennis team. That's because the Knights dropped all five of the matches they played during the week.
On April 17, Nordonia hosted Suburban League National Conference counterpart North Royalton. The Bears shut out the Knights by the score of 5-0.
On April 18, Nordonia battled non-league opponent Aurora at home. This time, the Knights fell to defeat by the score of 4-1.
Senior Tyler Mattei and junior Ethan Lane accounted for Nordonia's lone victory against Aurora. They prevailed at first doubles in a close match, winning by the score of 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 10-8.
"That was an exciting, back-and-forth match," said Nordonia head coach Ryan Vehar. "It was very close."
On April 19, Nordonia hosted its third straight match, this time clashing with conference rival Twinsburg. The Tigers beat the Knights by a 5-0 margin.
The next day, Nordonia traveled to non-league opponent Revere. Once again, the Knights suffered a 5-0 defeat.
On April 21, Nordonia hit the road, visiting conference adversary Highland. The Hornets stung the Knights, posting a 4-1 victory.
Junior Spencer Harp and senior Shawn Iyer won the lone match for Nordonia at second doubles. The duo was victorious in another close battle, winning by the score of 3-6, 6-4, 14-12.
As a result of that series of matches, Nordonia now owns an overall record of 3-8. The Knights are also 1-4 within the National Conference.
According to Vehar, his squad played not only some of the better teams in the conference last week, but also some of the better teams in the area.
"We're also going through a few things lineup-wise," said Vehar. "We have guys moving around. We have some guys who have been playing singles now playing doubles and vice-versa."
Despite a winless week, Vehar is pleased with the Knights' effort and how hard they've been working.
"We've been changing things around, but the guys have kept working at it," he said. "We've been up against some real competition. We're trying to learn something from our opponents that we can take into the rest of our matches throughout the season."
Nordonia was set to travel to conference counterpart Wadsworth April 24 and Brunswick April 25, but results were not available at press time.
On April 26, they have a makeup contest against conference rival Brecksville-Broadview Heights at home.
On April 29, Nordonia will compete in the Suburban League Tournament in Medina.
"Last year, we shot around in the drizzle until two in the afternoon and played until 8:30," said Vehar. "If we get some good weather and play in a timely fashion, some of our guys might have some opportunities."