The Archbold doubles team of Clay Gerig and Erik Short, both seniors, finished second at the Division II sectional boys tennis championships, Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at Defiance College.
It’s the second straight year Short has advanced to districts. In 2018, he and doubles partner Luke Mc- Quade finished in the top four at districts and advanced to state.
Gerig and Short had a bye in the first round, then blanked Pierce and Niedbalski of Rossford 6-0, 6-0 in the second round.
They advanced to the semifinals with a 7-6 (7-1), 7-5 win over McQueen and Schlatter from Ottawa Hills in the third round.
Gerig and Short advanced to the finals with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 defeat of Bryan’s Keegan McCashen and Brendan Reiser in the semifinals.
In the championship round, Gerig and Short were defeated by Wauseon’s Tristan Uribes and Sam Frank 6-4, 6-0 to finish as the numbertwo seed from the Defiance sectional at districts.
The top four finishers from the Defiance sectional qualified for the district tournament at Bowling Green State University, Thursday, May 16, and Saturday, May 18.
The top four doubles teams and singles winners at district advance to the state tournament in Mason, Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25.
“I was pretty confident that Erik and Clay would get out of sectionals,” said James Kidder, AHS coach. “But I wasn’t sure of how placement would go.
“They played a great match against the doubles team from Bryan, putting them in contention for either the first or second seed going into districts Thursday.
“Either of those positions is a great advantage at districts, so I was ecstatic they brought their A game and played some really good tennis.
“That match with Wauseon for the top seed was tough. We still played very well and made it competitive. I would anticipate that you will see that Wauseon team in Mason for state.
“But, we battled and gave it our all. I am happy with the work ethic of Erik and Clay last weekend and look forward to the next step.
“They have a great chance at making a trip to Mason as well, and they are prepared and ready to go.”
Other AHS players and their results:
Doubles: Nathan Rettig and Josh Kidder (A), first round bye; defeated Harders and Burke (Ottawa Hills) 4- 6, 6-3, 6-3; lost to Uribes and Frank (Wauseon) 6-0, 6-0.
Singles: Devin Witte (A) def. Blake Rachwal (Maumee Valley Country Day) 6-1, 6-3; def. Parish Dragon (Rossford) 6-1, 6-0; lost to James Schwann (Ottawa Hills) 6-2, 6-2.
Andrew Hogrefe (A) def. Will Drews (Napoleon) 6-0, 6-2; lost to Niladri Aich (Maumee Valley Country Day) (no scores listed).
Carter Brown (Bryan) def. Josiah Kindinger (A) 6-4, 6-4.
In regular season action, the Streaks improved to 7-4 on the regular season with a 5-0 blanking of Napoleon, Monday, May 6, and a 3-2 win over Sylvania Southview, Tuesday, May 7, at Archbold.
AHS 5, Napoleon 0
Singles: 1. Josiah Kindinger (A) def. Collin Fedderke 6-2, 6-2. 2. Devin Witte (A) def. Gavin Hall 6-0, 6-2. 3. Andrew Hogrefe (A) def. Ryan Otto 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles: 1. Short and Gerig (A) def. Blake Mussel and Spencer Cashman 6-3, 6-3. 2. Nathan Rettig and Josh Kidder (A) def. Jordan Blue and Tyson Reynolds 6-0, 6-0.
AHS 3, Southview 2
Singles: 1. Nathaniel Long (S) def. Witte 7-5, 6-1. 2. Kindinger (A) def. JP McNerney 6-0, 6-1. 3. Dashon Price (S) def. Hogrefe 7-5, 6-2.
Doubles: 1. Short and Gerig (A) def. Ethan Livingston and Lucas Curran 6- 0, 6-1. 2. Rettig and Cameron Collins (A) def. Alex Pham and Jeremy Davis 6-0, 6-3.