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Knights boys tennis sees season conclude at sectional tournament

By MATT DEUTSCH Correspondent Published: May 17, 2017 12:00 AM

The Nordonia High School boys tennis team wrapped up the 2017 season recently with Senior Night and the Division I Sectional Tournament.

Senior Night for the Knights was on May 8 against non-league opponent Woodridge. Nordonia fell to defeat by the score of 5-0.

On May 9, Nordonia competed in the Division I Sectional Tournament at Springside Racquet Club in Medina.

Cody Dodds won two singles matches before being eliminated in the round of 16. In addition, the doubles tandem of Shawn Iyer and Spencer Harp won a math against Stow-Munroe Falls before being eliminated in the second round.

Despite the fact that nobody advanced to the district tournament, Nordonia head coach Ryan Vehar was pleased with the Knights' performance.

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"Overall, we played pretty well that day," said Vehar. "Nick Pedone drew a good opponent in his singles match. Nick fought hard, but was not able to pull out the victory. Tyler Mattei and Ethan Lee had a close match against Brunswick, but they weren't able to put together enough points to win that one."

There were five seniors on the roster this season. They included Dodds, Shawn Iyer, Mattei, Nick Pedone and Kyle Greer.

"The seniors were the real backbone of the team," said Vehar. "This was Cody's first year, and he played a lot of third singles, second singles, and some doubles. He just seemed to get better and better as the season went along.

"Nick Pedone has played mostly singles and a little doubles. His record didn't work out in his favor this year, but that's not to say he's not a good player. He's had to keep going up against really good players.

"Tyler played four years for us, and this is his third year getting a letter. He's been to my camp in the summer since I met him in the eighth grade. He's been around since his sister played for the girls team. He's a good kid.

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"Shawn Iyer has been playing since the fifth or sixth grade. He loves tennis, and he always seems to be working on his game. Unfortunately, an injury kept him out last year, and I know he was really upset about that. But he bounced back this season and kept playing and improving.

"Kyle Greer played four years for us, too, primarily JV. But he enjoyed being on the tennis team, and the other guys enjoyed having him on the team. We're going to miss all of our seniors and their contributions to the program."

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