Marco Nesic became a rare three-time district tournament qualifier for the Twinsburg boys tennis team.
The top seed in sectional action, Nesic was the runner-up to qualify for the district tournament with a chance to qualify for the state championships.
Although a sectional championship eluded Nesic at the Medina Division I sectional tournament at the Springside Racquet and Fitness Club, the veteran Tiger standout remains a post season threat for head coach Mike Porinchak.
In the sectional finals, Nesic was upended by rival Grant Jones of Kent Roosevelt by a score of 6-4, 6-3.
Nesic recently had a first singles victory over Jones 6-2, 6-0 late in the regular season and edged the Rough Rider standout as the top seed at the sectional.
The second seed, Jones had the edge this time around as the Division I district tournament at Springside are set for Thursday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.
"Marco is a little more of a defensive player where Jones is more offensive," said Porinchak. "They had a really great match, but Jones offensive serve outlasted Marco."
"Grant Jones was voted the second seed that Marco has beaten, along with the third and fourth seeds of the tournament, but this was a great match," added Porinchak.
A key victory came by Nesic over Hudson fourth-seed Harrsha Congivaram, who placed third overall at the sectional.
It was a convincing 6-2, 6-1 victory by Nesic in the semifinals over the strong Explorer player.
"Marco easily defeated Congivaram," said his coach. "Marco didn't hit a ton of winners, but he outsmarted his opponent by staying in points and making very few unforced errors."
In the third round, Nesic registered a strong victory over Jones' teammate, Erik Martin.
Nesic easily beat Martin 6-0, 6-0 in the third round of action. Martin had started the tourney well with a 2-0 start. Nesic also posted a convincing 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Wadsworth senior Sam Hanna.
For the first time in recent years, Twinsburg had a possible opportunity to be in a position to have multiple district qualifiers, but it didn't happen against the deep competition in Division I.
Twinsburg still had some sensational efforts at the sectional, including the outstanding doubles play of seniors Xander Bard and Hardik Polamarasatti.
Bard and Polamarasatti advanced to the third round before losing to the strong Hudson duo of Rob Tobin and Spencer Rodgers 6-2, 6-2 in a hard-fought battle. The Hudson team was the third seed.
The pair from Hudson didn't reach districts, but are accomplished players as Tobin has three Suburban League National Conference titles under his belt and this year, with Rodgers, edged Twinsburg's talented first singles pair of Mike Sterling and Brian Nesic 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the league finals.
In the first round, Bard and Polamarasatti recorded a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Brecksville.
Standout senior singles player Zach McIlroy had a fine sectional tourney for the Tigers.
McIlroy played well enough to advance to the third round at Springside.
The biggest win by McIlroy came when he won 6-4, 6-3 over Hudson's Kevin Si.
In the third-round battle, McIlroy fell 6-3, 6-1 to Jacob Schwarnwebert of Medina, who then lost to Kent's Jones.
Sterling, a senior, and Brian Nesic, a sophomore, were thought to have a decent chance of making the district cut. They were the fourth seed and fell 6-0, 6-1 to the unseeded district qualifier from Revere in Esa Malik and Ben Lazbin.
Malik and Lazbin were Suburban League American Conference runners up and had also beat the Tiger pair in the regular season.
Twinsburg's Zach Georgevich won in first round singles action 6-0, 6-0 over Stow's Will Allo and then lost 6-1, 6-0 to Medina's Maxim Smith.