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Norwalk loses 3-2 in key match vs. Clyde

By JOSH MORGRET • Apr 5, 2018 at 9:45 PM

NORWALK — With the poor weather recently, the Norwalk and Clyde boys tennis teams were just happy — and fortunate — to be playing outside.

It was Clyde that took advantage, topping the Truckers, 3-2, in a key Sandusky Bay Conference Lake division match on Thursday at the Norwalk Middle School courts.

"It was a good match for us," said Clyde coach Brian Miller, who saw his team improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in SBC. "We were not sure what kind of lineup Norwalk would throw at us, but we put ours together the best we could. The singles really came through."

Norwalk took both doubles matches in come-from-behind action. The Truckers (3-1, 1-1) got a win from Austin Brown and Wyatt Brown, as they pushed past Jacob Strudthoff and Noah Prunty at first doubles, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-0.

"Coming in, I thought the doubles matches would hopefully be competitive," Norwalk coach Chris Higgins said. "At first doubles, it was four really good players just hammering the ball."

Eric Hull and Jordan Cotterill picked up a win for Norwalk at second doubles. The duo defeated Clyde's Logan Nicely and David Hohenstein, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

"It is early in the season and give Norwalk a lot of credit for winning both of those matches after dropping the first set," Miller said. "We saw a lot of good things from our doubles teams. They played some good points and we have a lot of learning to do yet."

The Fliers were simply too dominant in singles action. Lukas Cziesla (2-0) started the action at first singles when he cruised past Andrew Riley, 6-1, 6-0.

"At singles, Clyde was a little more solid, especially at second singles," Higgins said. "Lukas is pretty good."

At second singles, Daniel Stevens (2-0) beat Ben Traczek, 6-3, 6-2, and Alex Kauble (2-0) registered a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jack Mei at third singles.

Nowalk will host Ashland at noon today, then is back in SBC Lake play on Monday vs. Perkins. The doubles tournament with Amherst, Findlay and Fremont Ross scheduled for this Saturday has been moved to April 14.

"Every coach will tell you that we would like to improve, and that is what we want to see at this point," Higgins said. "We are dealing with the weather just like everybody else, but it is nice to get out and play."

The two teams will continue to battle this season as league contenders.

"It was a great match between mostly likely the two best teams in the Lake division," Higgins added.

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