MARION — The boys tennis squad continued on against the elements in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference tournament play on Saturday.
After beginning their trek last Thursday, the first doubles duo of Weston Rose and Alec Dicus were able to finish up their bracket on Saturday before the rains sat in.
Rose and Dicus won their first-round match back on Thursday over a Shelby duo; 6-4, 6-2 to advance. Continuing on as the one-seed, the Galion tandem cruised to another straight-set victory over River Valley in the semifinals; 6-3, 6-2. In their championship matchup, Rose and Dicus were fitted against the two-seed from Harding and would be handed just their second loss of the season; 2-6, 3-6. The duo finished second overall in the bracket to earn all-conference, first-team honors.
The second doubles team of Jamie Hollis and Zach Grimes entered the tourney as the two-seed and found themselves falling in the first round of play to Buckeye Valley; 2-6, 6-4, 4-6. In the second round, Hollis and Grimes defeated River Valley; 8-2 to advance to the fifth-place match against Shelby. Unfortunately, the duo representing the Whippets claimed fifth, defeating Hollis and Grimes; 4-8.
At third singles, Kodin West was able to get in his tourney matches on Saturday before the weather caused play to come to a halt. West was defeated in his first-round pairing against Buckeye Valley; 2-6, 2-6. West bounced back and won his second match over a representative from Ontario; 8-2 before falling to his Clear Fork opponent in round three; 4-8. West’s performance earned him sixth place.
Matt Gimbel found himself in a marathon match in round one at first singles but would come out on top, defeating his opponent from River Valley; 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. Gimbel will now face a member of the Buckeye Valley Barons in the semifinals.
In second singles action, Chris Amick lost a hard-fought opening-round match to his Shelby opponent; 6-3, 2-6, 1-6. Amick would also bounce back in round two as he defeated a member of the Clear Fork Colts; 9-7. In third-round play, Amick will find himself facing a member of the River Valley Vikings.
Aside from the two singles matches still in progress in the tournament, Galion played host to the visiting Clear Fork Colts at Heise Park on Tuesday. The busy week for the Tigers continues with a non-conference contest on the road at Upper Sandusky on Wednesday before returning home to host the Shelby Whippets in MOAC action on Thursday, May 2.
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