Prepping for what could be a productive post season, the Twinsburg boys tennis squad faced some talented players in matches leading up to the Medina Division I sectional tournament.
Twinsburg (11-6) was set to compete at the Springside Racquet and Fitness Club in Akron for the Division I sectional tournament, which is set to conclude May 9 and May 10.
For the first time in a while, the Tigers could be in a position to have multiple district qualifiers, but it won't be an easy task.
The districts are set for Springside at 9 a.m. May 16 and 8:30 a.m. May 18. The May 9 and 10 sectional sessions start at 3:30 p.m.
Longtime head coach Mike Porinchak saw his team compete against one of its strongest foes of the season in Revere recently.
Twinsburg lost 5-0 to powerhouse Revere Thursday in non-league action. Final results of the May 8 season finale against Lyndhurst Brush weren't available as of this writing.
Tiger standout Marco Nesic lost 6-0, 6-3 to Revere star Raj Kumar in a matchup of the two division first singles champions in the Suburban League.
Nesic won the first singles crown recently in the National Conference while Kumar won the American Conference title.
Senior Zach McIlroy lost a tough 6-0, 6-0 decision to Kumar's talented twin brother, Ram Kumar, who also was the second singles Suburban League champion in the American Conference.
At third singles, Twinsburg senior Adam Groenke showed some spark as he battled to a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Revere senior William Sun, who made all-league in doubles play.
The successful first doubles team of senior Mike Sterling and sophomore Brian Nesic dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Ben Lazbin and Esa Malik, a pair of Revere athletes who were league runners up in third singles and first doubles play, respectively.
In second doubles, seniors Xander Bard and Hardik Polamarasetti lost a tough 3-set war against Revere in a 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (6) loss.
Twinsburg also won 5-0 over Kent Roosevelt Wedenday in non-league play.
Nesic registered a big first singles victory over Kent's gifted Grant Jones 6-2, 6-0.
McIlroy triumphed 6-1, 6-1 at second singles and Groenke won 6-2, 6-1 at the third spot.
Sterling and Brian Nesic won 6-0, 6-2 while the team of Bard and Polamarasetti were 6-1, 6-3 victors.
"Marco was voted the number one seed in the Medina sectional," said Porinchak, who could also have a post season threat in the doubles team of Sterling and Brian Nesic.
"Grant Jones was voted the second seed, who Marco has beaten," said Porinchak, of the Rough Rider standout. "Marco has also beaten the third and fourth seeds of the tournament already as well."
Looking to possibly set a Twinsburg record by becoming a rare three-time district qualifier, Nesic could already be considered one of the best players in Twinsburg history.
Nesic's career has surpassed some Tiger greats in Patrick Yackmack, Mitch Keith, Andrew Lilfyandchick, Joe Ziska, Sean Doherty, and Steve Whitney, just to name a few.
A few current Tiger team members could quickly join that elite list, a top the Twinsburg all-time victory list.
"We are looking forward to sectionals," said Porinchak. "Marco has a great chance to make it to districts for third consecutive year.
"It's going to take a lot of focus and determination, but Marco is capable. If he can make it out as the number one seed going into districts a chance to qualify for state is a real possibility."
The other area Division I sectionals in the district include Oberlin, Solon, and Canton. Twinsburg used to compete at the Solon sectional site for a number of years.
"Our doubles team of Mike Sterling and Brian Nesic are the fourth seed, but have a very difficult bracket to get out of," noted Porinchak, who is pumped up about their seed as well.
"They are so exciting to watch and looking forward to what they can do at sectionals, but regardless, they will have to play at the very top of their game."