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Norwalk puts four on SBC Lake first team

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Apr 26, 2018 at 11:10 PM

SHELBY — The Norwalk boys tennis team took All-Sandusky Bay Conference first team honors at four of the five positions at Thursday's SBC Lake division championships held at Shelby High School.

Austin Brown was first team at No. 1 singles to get things going for the Truckers. He fell in a lengthy three-set match to Clyde's Lukas Cziesla.

"Austin rolled into the final," Norwalk coach Chris Higgins said. "Having just played Clyde on Monday, we new this match was going to be a classic. He came up just short in a third set tiebreaker, but he still earned first team and proves to be one of the top two players in the league."

At second singles, Andrew Riley earned honorable mention honors.

"Andrew was unable to beat his Shelby opponent in the second round on his way toward earning honorable mention honors," Higgins said.

At third singles, Jack Mei won his bracket to cap an impressive day.

"Jack was pretty much a magician today," Higgins said. "He was able to turn his streaky play into a tournament championship. His second round match started with him down 0-5, and then he came back to win 13 games in a row to clinch the match.

"In the final, as expected, was an awesome third set tiebreaker he won 11-9 (after being down 7-9)," he added.

Meanwhile, the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams of Wyatt Brown and Ben Traczek, and Eric Hull and Jordan Cotterill also were both first team SBC. Brown and Traczek lost in the finals, while Hull and Jordan were victorious.

"Both doubles teams had their challenges today on the way toward earning first team honors," Higgins said. "Wyatt and Ben, having lost to Shelby earlier this year, were able to beat them today. That was huge for them considering how well they played. The final was against a tough Clyde doubles team.

"Eric and Jordan cruised into the final by defeating their first two opponents handily," he added. "Like many of the Norwalk-Clyde matchups this season, it also came down to a third set tiebreaker, and they were able to dominate it on their way to winning the second doubles championship."

Norwalk is back in action on Saturday with a non-league match vs. Fremont Ross at 10 a.m., followed by a rescheduled match at Perkins at 1:30 p.m. The Truckers then host Vermilion on Monday.

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