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Tennis wins conference tourney

By FRANK ACETO Associate Sports Editor Published: May 7, 2017 12:00 AM
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When it comes to the Hudson boys tennis team over the years, the Explorers have claimed much hardware in the Western Reserve Conference and the Northeast Ohio Conference.

Hudson can now add a Suburban League National Conference championship to its trophy case.

The Explorers won their first-ever National Conference title after scoring 34 points at the Suburban League Tournament May 3.

Singles' play took place at Twinsburg High School and doubles' play took place at Cuyahoga Falls High School.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights, which defeated Hudson 3-2 during the regular season, finished second with 32 points. The two teams shared the overall conference championship since the Bees had a perfect 7-0 record during the regular season. The Explorers finished second with a 6-1 record.

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Due to weather conditions, the first player to eight won the set.

"We knew Brecksville had very good singles' players," Hudson head coach Tim Morgan said. "Our goal was to prove that we are a very good team. Our depth, from first singles through second doubles, was beneficial."

The Explorers' first doubles' team of Sam Yurak and Rob Tobin won the title with a 3-0 record in Twinsburg. Individual scores were not available at press time.

"Those two have jelled," Morgan said. "At one point, they hit a little bit of a wall. Sam is the rock of the team.

"In the last two weeks, Rob has picked up his game and has gotten more confidence."

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Hudson's second doubles' team of Spencer Rodgers and Wendell Wu was the runner-up with a 2-1 record.

"Spencer and Wendell beat a team that they lost to in the regular season," Morgan said. "There were several things in the final we didn't do well. We had to play well early and we did not come out of the gates well.

"They played North Royalton in the final and Royalton's players played with a lot of passion and intensity. We got behind early and there wasn't enough time."

Nicci Polifrone and David Tullett were the runners-up at second and third singles, respectively. They both finished with 2-1 records.

"Nicci and David were dominant in their first two matches," Morgan said. "They both played Brecksville players in the final. They were as good as advertised."

Harrshavasan Congivaram finished 1-2 and placed fourth at first singles.

"In the fourth-place match against Twinsburg, Harrsha got up early, but his lead dissolved," Morgan said. "He lost 8-7 in the tiebreaker."

The host Explorers suffered a 3-2 defeat to Suburban League crossover rival Revere May 1.

Polifrone (6-2, 7-5) and Tullett (6-1, 6-1) earned victories for Hudson.

The Explorers are scheduled to play in the Akron Division I sectional tournament May 9 at Spring Side Racquet Club.

Morgan said Congivaram, Tullett and Kevin Si will play singles and the teams of Polifrone and Yurak and Tobin and Wu will play doubles.

Hudson is scheduled to visit Western Reserve Academy May 10 at 4:30 p.m.

"I just believe you want to do your best to play well at this time of the year," Morgan said. "The guys did that. We've had a good last few weeks. All year, I felt we had a lot of depth. There is not a lot of separation from our first guy and our seventh guy."

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