Liverpool tennis beats WG for tourney title

On courts covered by snow just a couple of days earlier, the Liverpool boys tennis team quickly found a winning form.

By far, the biggest prize was attained on Saturday, when the Warriors held off West Genesee in a five-way OHSL Colonial National division tournament. Liverpool had 128 points, to the Wildcats' 113.

Six of the seven finals went the Warriors' way. Nick Schneider beat Kunal Shetty 6-1, 6-3, while Dan Salem needed three sets to beat Jeff Kurtz 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. Kevin Zylka fell in three sets to Jon Papazides 5-7, 7-5, 6-1.

Ken Schiefer and Mike Lazara began the doubles sweep, beating Eric Tressler and Matt Zell 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. Also in straight sets, Mike Buckenmeyer and Michael Vaughn bat Josh Barrett and Craig Shepard 6-4, 6-2.

Rallying from behind, David Anthony and Ryan DeAngelis got past Tim Gallivan and Andrew Tunguz 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Also, Scott Rosenheck and Dave Sanderson earned a 6-7 (7-2), 7-5, 6-4 win over Aaron Speech and Aaron Keohane.

The Warriors met Utica Proctor last Wednesday in the 2007 season opener and used solid all-around play to beat the Raiders 5-2.

Schneider topped Adam Sroczyk 6-2, 6-3, and Zylka followed a similar path on his way to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Rocco Carzo.

Liverpool also won three of the four doubles matches, including a forfeit. Rosenheck and Sanderson flew past Rob Cutright and Devon Hoffman 6-1, 6-0, while Salem and DeAngelis rolled past Dana Gionnonadrea and David Butler 6-3, 6-1.

Vaughn, playing singles, took a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Mike Zaloom, while the doubles team of Lazara and Anthony dropped a third-set tie-breaker to Duane Wynn and Dan Reina 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6).

A day later, Liverpool met Cortland in a non-league contest and rolled to a 5-0 victory over the Purple Tigers.

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