Mason boys' varsity tennis team
Kevin Goheen reports:
- Miguel Cepeda of Mason High returns the ball back to Zack Mueck of Lakota East during action at the Coaches Classic tennis final that was played at the Camargo Racquet Club in Madeira. April 21, 2012 The Enquirer/ Tony Jones
Mason won its first ever team championship Saturday at the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Coaches Classic.
The Comets’ score of 270 points edged out Sycamore’s 250-point total. Cincinnati Country Day placed third with 160 points.
The Comets are undefeated in dual nine matches this season and have swept all of their opponents 5-0 in duals since opening the season with a 3-2 win against Sycamore.
Saturday’s play in Flight A was moved indoors to Camargo Racquet Club because of rains overnight and into the morning that made playing at Mason High School impossible.
Mason junior Jeremy Schneider won the third singles bracket with a 5-7, 6-4, 10-5 victory against Sycamore’s Yuri Karev.
Junior Miguel Cepeda suffered a loss to Lakota East’s Zach Mueck, 7-5, 6-2. Cepeda and Mueck were tied 5-5 in the first set before Mueck began a stretch of four breaks out of Cepeda’s final five service games.
Cepeda recovered from a first game break in the second set to gain a break himself and then hold serve for a 2-1 lead but Mueck won the final five games to win the title. Mueck is now 6-0 on the season, while Cepeda lost for just the second time in 12 matches.
Cepeda and sophomore Luke Tsai (second singles) were runners-up, as was the first doubles team of senior John Mostowy and sophomore Alexander Levedev. The second doubles team of senior Colin Heim and freshman Young-Jin Kang placed third.
“I think we can go pretty far with this team,” said Cepeda. “I’m playing pretty well right now but I find it more fun playing in a team setting because there is less pressure. I know that even if I have one bad day the rest of the team can pick me up because we have such a great team.”
The five Flight A bracket championships went to five different teams.
Besides Mueck and Schneider, CCD sophomore Patrick Wildman improved to 12-0 on the season by winning the second singles title against Tsai 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Dylan Stern and Nikhil Grandhi teamed to win the first doubles title for Sycamore against Mason, 6-4, 2-6, 10-4. St. Xavier’s Donald Baverman and James Shanahan won the second doubles title by beating the Sycamore team of Brian and Josh Goodman, 6-4, 6-0.
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