Each of the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys tennis teams found themselves squeezing in as many matches as they could and hoping the weather didn’t misbehave too much.
And that would include Friday’s head-to-head showdown, as the two rivals waged an instant classic where three matches went to three sets, all of them claimed by the Northstars – but the Warriors still ended up on top by a 4-3 margin.
Two of those three-set matches came in singles, but in between the Warriors earned a valuable point when Ian Szczesniak routed Brian Emigolz 6-1, 6-0.
C-NS’s Jason Wisely split the first two sets with Evan Maestri, but Wisely pulled it out 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. it was far more extreme in third singles, where the Northstars’ Rich Dennis lost badly in the first set, but recovered to stop Leon Truong 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.
It was the same story in doubles, where the longest match went in C-NS’s favor as Justin Kegebein and Connor Millias, two games from defeat, rallied to beat Adam Reed and Mike Sill 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
But the other three points, and the match, would end up in Liverpool’s possession. Jeff Fenksen and Dan Muelhemann handled Mike Riccardi and Adam Wisely 6-4, 6-2, while Matt Fenksen, pairing with Evan Vogue, beat Adam Hughes and Kyle Spivalk 6-4, 6-2. Logan Enzerillo and Griffin Watson had a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Ryan Delao and Nick Perrotta.
In last Monday’s action, C-NS swept Syracuse West 7-0, having a close match in singles, where Connor Doran defeated Cang Tul 7-5, 6-1. Emigloz rolled past Daniel Tron 6-2, 6-1, with Wisely rolling to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Husam Jameel.
Moving to doubles play, Riccardi and Adam Wisely won, 6-0, 6-0, over Amad Aberdeen and Amed Shaalan, while Adam Hughes and Kyle Spivalk beat James Davis and Axavier Johnson 6-1, 6-1.