By Ryan Kaczmarski
The Westlake High School boys tennis team went down to Medina High School on Friday with one goal, to win the Southwestern Conference Tournament, and win it the Demons did. The fact that the Demons won the tournament should be no surprise – they have won the conference for the last five years straight – but the Demons added something extra by winning all five championship matches in straight sets.
Westlake took the team title with 40 points, followed by second place Avon Lake, with 32 points, and third place North Olmsted, with 29 points.
Westlake’s Connor Michelich defeated Avon Lake’s Tim Villari (6-2, 6-1) to take the first singles title. Michelich shut out Olmsted Falls’ Ryan Bellinger in the first round, then beat Berea’s Jack Harrington in the semifinals to play in the championship match. In second singles, Westlake’s Cal Craven defeated Amherst’s Cory Habecker (6-2, 6-2) for the championship, while Westlake’s Krish Shah defeated North Olmsted’s Davesh Chauhan for the third singles title.
The Demons did not let up in doubles action either, with the team of Kevin Wang and Kent Dinchman topping Avon Lake’s team of Austin Wright and Jack O’Neil (7-5, 6-1) for the first doubles title, and the Westlake second doubles team of Thomas Reusser and Ameesh Shah defeated Avon Lake’s Eric Stonecipher and Austin Rice (6-4, 6-4).
” I’m very proud of our team this year,” Westlake head coach Jeffery Mannies said. “Their sense of unity, team, hard working and support are the things coaches dream of. (The team’s great play) also comes at a good time, prior to the sectionals.”
North Olmsted’s Aravind Kalluri finished in fifth place in first singles, while Eagles teammates David Brunner took third place in second singles and Tim Donohue and Ernest Olesky took third in first doubles.
Brecksville finished in fourth place (23 points), Amherst in fifth place (23 points, head to head tiebreaker went to Brecksville), Midpark finished sixth (16 points), Berea in Seventh (11 points) and Olmsted Falls in eighth (7 points) to round out the team scores.