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Panthers earn five tough dual wins : Sports : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Panthers earn five tough dual wins
Oswego tennis team places third at home quad meet

by Christine Bolin Dascher


The Oswego boys' tennis team capped a busy week of dual action last week by winning all four outings against Oswego East, West Chicago, Romeoville and Plainfield South.

Monday's dual with West Aurora was postponed to May 13 due to weather, and on Tuesday, the Panthers headed to Plainfield East for a Southwest Prairie Conference dual and won, 6-1. After that outing, Oswego was 8-4 overall and 5-0 in the conference.

"Our dual results were awesome," Oswego head coach Marjean Pobuda said. "I have been so proud of their determination to do well and fight hard in all of our meets."

On Saturday, however, the Panthers hosted the Oswego Quad (at Oswego East) and placed third.

On April 23, Oswego defeated West Chicago, 4-3. All four doubles teams posted the wins, including senior Hudson Cross/junior Grant Tuider at No. 1 (6-3, 6-1), seniors Kyle Marsh/Danny Lederman at No. 2 (6-3, 6-3), sophomores Ben Livingston/John Watson (6-3, 6-2) at No. 3 and senior Mitch Dergance/junior Bailey Miller in three sets at No. 4.

"They fought so hard to pull the team through," Pobuda said of Dergance/Miller, which was the deciding match.

Last Thursday, the Panthers swept Romeoville, 7-0. Senior Jason Koesler won at No. 1 singles (6-4, 6-3), junior Nikesh Patel won at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-0), junior Nick Latzo won at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-0) and Miller won at No. 4 singles (6-1, 6-0).

In doubles, Cross/Tuider (6-1, 7-5 at No. 1), Marsh/Lederman (in three sets at No. 2 doubles), Livingston/Watson (6-2, 6-2 at No. 3) all won their matches.

Last Friday, Oswego beat Plainfield South, 4-3. Marsh won at No. 2 singles (6-4, 6-3), Latzo won at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-2), Patel/Miller (6-0, 6-1) won at No. 2 doubles and Livingston/Watson were a success at No. 3 doubles (6-0, 6-0).

"Our match against Plainfield South was awesome," Pobuda said. "We had several guys step up in a really big way. Kyle Marsh, Nikesh Patel and Bailey Miller were all thrown into new positions. Since Friday was a rescheduled match (from April 15), we had several guys who had already made college visit plans and were unable to attend. Two of our doubles teams lost members, and we need to forfeit a spot. It was nerve-wracking going in thinking about if we would be able to pull through...(but) all of my guys fought hard and played their best, even through difficult situations. I was so proud of them for realizing they control their own destiny. It is easy to blame the situation that is typically not something we can control. All we can do is work through whatever we are given and they did exactly that."

At the Quad, Lincoln-Way East won it with 16 points, followed by Wheaton North (12), Oswego (6) and Aurora Central Catholic (2).

In the first round against ACC, Oswego earned four points. In the second round against Lincoln-Way East, the Panthers did not earn any points.

In the third round against Wheaton North, Oswego earned two points.

"(The Quad) was rough," Pobuda said. "As much as I hate to see my guys struggling and being put in a tough spot, I know that meets like this remind us that nothing worth having is easy to attain."

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