Battling Mother Nature and a slate of three tough opponents, the Nordonia High School boys tennis team dropped a series of three matches last week.

On April 24, the Knights fell to Suburban League National Conference foe Wadsworth on the road by the score of 5-0.

"Wadsworth is the defending conference champions, so we knew they'd be tough," said Nordonia head coach Ryan Vehar.

Junior Spencer Harp and senior Shawn Iyer played well at first doubles for Nordonia, falling to defeat by a close margin. Their opponent edged them by the score of 7-5, 6-4.

On April 25, Nordonia traveled to Brunswick. This time, the Knights lost by the score of 4-1. Harp and Iyer accounted for Nordonia's lone victory, posting a 6-4, 6-2 win at first doubles.

On April 26, Nordonia clashed with conference counterpart Brecksville-Broadview Heights at home. The Knights suffered a 5-0 loss. Junior Ethan Lee and senior Tyler Mattei performed well in defeat at second doubles, dropping a 6-3, 6-4 decision.

"Brecksville had two brothers at second and third singles, a sophomore and a freshman," said Vehar. "The sophomore didn't play last year, but they're two of the more highly ranked players in the state for their age groups. Brecksville also has a solid number-one back from last year at first singles. They're definitely a tough conference team."

On April 29, Nordonia was scheduled to participate in the Suburban League Tournament in Medina. However, that tournament was postponed due to inclement weather conditions. As of press time, a make-up date had yet to be set.

On May 1, Nordonia was set to battle non-league opponent Brush before facing Akron Firestone May 2. Results of both matches were not available at press time.

On Thursday, May 4, Nordonia will face Berea-Midpark at 4 p.m.

According to Vehar, the starting lineup is still in flux to some degree, as his athletes continue to develop and find their groove.

"The lineup is changing around a bit," he said. "The younger players are getting some varsity experience, especially [sophomore] Paul Krempasky. Thursday's meet against Berea will be Senior Night for us. We have a lot of seniors this season, and we're looking forward to recognizing them. We're also eager to see what the next couple of weeks will bring, as well as the two postseason tournaments."


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