Warren boys tennis second in District 10

ERIE After a week of singles and doubles championship events at Erie’s Pennbriar Club, the Warren boys’ tennis team competed in the team championship event on Friday, defeating Harbor Creek in the semifinal before falling to Fairview in the championship.

The top-seeded Dragons prevailed 3-2 over the Huskies on the strength of wins from Nate Sandberg (6-0, 6-3) and Ben Auzou (7-5, 6-3) in singles and the duo of Noah Colvin and Bryce Bauer (6-2, 6-2) in doubles.

“This was a good match with Harbor Creek,” said Warren coach Jeff Bartsch. “We have played them a couple of times this season and they have a nice team with a lot of depth and good talent at the top.”

The other semifinal match saw Fairview defeat Hickory, setting up a familiar District 10 Class AA final showdown.

“Warren has played Fairview in the D10 Team Finals for the past four years,” said assistant coach Tim Sandberg. “But what makes this appearance special is that the Dragons had graduated six of the seven starters from last season, and yet still qualified and won enough matches to earn a trip to the team championships with a new squad.”

In the championship match with Fairview, Warren was outgunned in four of the five matches.

“We dropped matches to Siegel and Westcott in the number two and three singles positions; and, we dropped both doubles to Fiedler/Tuttle and Pakulski/Yahn in straight sets,” said Bartsch. “Fairview has been in rebuilding mode for the past two seasons, and today was a solid performance on their behalf.”

In top singles, Nate Sandberg and District 10 Class AA singles champion Jon Oskin had the most exciting match of the day. The two-hour plus marathon saw the pair split the first two sets in an epic battle. Oskin took the first set in a tiebreaker, before Sandberg rebounded to take the second set, 7-5.

Tied at one set all, the pair entered into a supertiebreaker which saw Sandberg lead 9-8 with a match point on his racquet. On the next point, Oskin delivered a good shot to tie the score at nine all.

Great play by both boys continued as the score became 11 all. Oskin took the lead on an error, then won the final point to take the match, 13-11.

“This was a great, great match for Nate,” said Bartsch. “He showed that he could compete with anyone. His battle plan was excellent today.”

The Dragons finish the season with a record of 13-1 overall. Fairview will move on to the state playoffs on Tuesday in Erie.