Staff report

The season ended for five Hudson tennis players in the Division I sectional quarterfinals May 16 in Medina.

Freshman Nicci Polifrone lost a 6-2, 6-2 decision to eventual runner-up Noah Hendrickson of Richfield Revere.

Junior Dominic Polifrone and senior Jack Graham lost a 6-1, 6-0 decision to Walsh Jesuit's team of Ben Smith and Gavin Cona.

"Dom and Jack were extremely excited for the opportunity," Morgan said. "They just didn't bring the game we thought they could bring. It wasn't for lack of effort. It just wasn't in the cards for them."

The Explorers' other doubles team, juniors Joe Murphy and Chris Palmann, lost a 6-0, 6-0 decision to Copley's Gavin Aten and Andrew Ong.

"I thought Nicci, Chris and Joe got to where I thought they could go," Morgan said. "If they would have gone further, it would have been an upset. Joe and Chris played the first seed and Nicci played the second seed. They did everything they could."

Dominic Polifrone, who played first singles during the regular season, finished 15-10 on the season.

"I have tremendous confidence in Dom," Morgan said. "Dom played first singles against a tough schedule. He was a few points away from some big wins. He did a great job of moving up from second singles to first singles."

Graham finished 15-9 at second and third singles and first doubles.

"Jack played all over the lineup," Morgan said. "Wherever we needed him, he was usually equal to the challenge. He gave us the most versatility in our lineup."

Nicci Polifrone finished 11-11 at third singles and second doubles.

"Nicci started off the year green," Morgan said. "He was one of the guys who improved the most during the season."

Both Palmann and Murphy, who played second doubles, finished 11-10.

"Chris and Joe came up from the JV [junior varsity] team," Morgan said. "It was their first year on varsity and they grew from seeing much stronger competition."

Other seniors who contributed during the season were Michael Wolowiecki, Brendan Dagley and Ryan Sosinsky.

Wolowiecki, who battled an arm injury during the season, finished 9-9. Dagley and Sosinsky also won nine matches.

"Michael played second singles most of the year," Morgan said. "Second singles is one of the toughest spots to play."

Ari Basu, a sophomore, finished 10-10 at singles and doubles.

"Another year of working on his game and stepping up will help Ari," Morgan said.

As a team, the Explorers finished 9-8 and tied for second with Shaker Heights at the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Tournament.

"We tried to play a tough schedule to prepare for the postseason," Morgan said. "We came together as a team later in the season. We had a good performance at the conference tournament and a great first day of sectionals. They're a great group of young men."


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