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Yorkville wins 4-3 over Oswego East as No. 2 doubles decides match

by Christine Bolin Dascher


The dual meet between the Oswego East and Yorkville boys' tennis teams boiled down to the last match at No. 2 doubles.

Yorkville senior Mike Williams/junior Trevor Augustine and Oswego East sophomores Pranav Selvan and Harsha Dantuluri battled, but the Foxes battled from behind and won, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4, on April 9, in Yorkville.

The match was just the second outing for Oswego East all season. The day before, the Wolves were shut out by Marmion. This was Yorkville's first win of the year.

"(Selvan and Dantuluri) both played at No. 1 and No. 2 singles (against Marmion), and in the first set (against Yorkville), they played really well," Oswego East head coach Scott Gengler said. "You could tell the day before (against Marmion) they played some good competition."

"(Williams and Augustine) really wanted to know if this one came down to their match, so they were happy when they won," Yorkville head coach Frank Yabsley added. "That's their first win of the season and this is their first year playing together, and obviously, they are thrilled."

Oswego East senior Costa Dassis won his first match of the season at No. 2 singles after he beat Yorkville junior Jeremy Zielie, 6-0, 6-2.

"(Dassis) had a really good match," Gengler said. "He hit the ball really well and was getting his serves in. Overall, he's a hard worker and a good kid. I'm happy with the way he played."

Oswego East's other win in singles was in the No. 3 spot, when sophomore Giri Ekkurthi topped junior James Arnold, 6-4, 6-2.

"(Giri is) a good No. 3 singles player, but he needs to be a little more consistent," Gengler said. "He's got some good ground strokes and a really good serve. Playing at No. 3 singles, he's going to develop a more consistent strategy as far as playing singles."

The Wolves' lone win in doubles were from a pair of freshmen, Mitch Perry and Ryan Zaprzal, at No. 1. They defeated the senior duo Richard Swistara and Matt Hickernell, 7-6 (tiebreaker), 6-3.

"That was nice to see coming from two freshmen," Gengler said. "Both Ryan and Mitch had a good outing (against Marmion) and I was really happy with the way they played (against Yorkville). They bounced back after a tough defeat against Marmion."

The Foxes earned one win in singles play, when junior Austin Carney at No. 1 defeated senior Sujay Shah, 6-2, 6-3.

"He's coming on after being a JV player for some of the time last year," Yabsley said of Carney. "He's a nice, steady player and he really enjoys the challenge being at No. 1 singles."

Yorkville also saw seniors Jack Murphy and Jacob Krouse defeated Oswego East junior Chris Bishop and sophomore Rohan Pisharody, 6-4, 7-6 (tiebreaker), at No. 3 doubles.

"Jack and Jacob are two seniors who came out and never played together or varsity tennis before and are very competitive," Yabsley said. "(Krouse) played baseball for three years and I was told he was a good athlete. He's starting to pick up the game, and he and Murphy are good friends and work well together. I'm thrilled to have them."

Juniors Anji Patel and Hudson Rothman of Yorkville also defeated sophomores Brian Dyja and Dylan Gerr, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, at No. 4 doubles.

Notes: The Wolves tried again for the first victory of the season last Friday at Lisle, and lost to the Lions, 4-1.

Oswego East had to play the JV players against the Lions since they had some novice players and only seven total on the team.

On Tuesday, Oswego East opened Southwest Prairie Conference action at Romeoville, and the result was a 5-2 victory for the Wolves. Dasis won at No. 2 singles, Ekkurthi won at No. 3 singles, Perry/Zaprzal won at No. 1 doubles, Bishop/Pisharody won at No. 3 doubles and Gerr/Dyja won at No. 4 doubles.

The Wolves were scheduled to face Batavia on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time. They are at Plainfield Central today, Thursday, for a 4 p.m. conference dual before hosting West Aurora on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Wolves will host rival Oswego in a conference battle at 4 p.m.

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