Perrysburg tennis seeks NLL title (03-25-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 25 March 2013 09:13
Perrysburg’s Jeffrey Schorsch makes a return  during the Northern Lakes League tournament last season. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - After a disappointing finish in the Northern Lakes League last season, Perrysburg's boys tennis team is looking to return to dominance.
"A first-place finish in the NLL is our goal," said third-year coach Mark Weider. "We also want to do well in both of our invitational tournaments at Columbus and Ottawa Hills."
Perrysburg, over the last four decades, has commanded the league. The Yellow Jackets have won 14 NLL titles since 1977 and four straight championships prior to last season. The team went 14-6 last season and finished third in the league.
In addition to team goals, two individuals, senior Jeffrey Schorsch and junior Troy Weider, are seeking to make it to state.
Schorsch, who has signed a national letter of intent to play tennis at Valparaiso University, finished fourth at state last year in singles, while Troy Weider was a district qualifier. Both were NLL champions last season, Schorsch at first singles and Troy Weider at second singles.
"Jeffrey is a contender to win state this year," Mark Weider said. "His biggest competitor will be Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg, who he will play here on our home court at Perrysburg Tennis Center."
Sandberg defeated Schorsch at state last year to capture third place.
Keeping with the old adage that you have to play the best to be the best, the 'Jackets plan to do just that.
"We scheduled five, Top 10 state contenders this season," Mark Weider said.
Capitalizing on the third point will also be a key to a successful season, Mark Weider said.
"We need a third point either in the singles or one of the doubles spots. It is absolutely the most important thing we will do as a team all year," he said.
Perrysburg will also rely on senior leadership and eight returning lettermen.
"We will use their senior leadership and that is something we didn't have last year with only one senior on our varsity team," Mark Weider said.
Several players also improved their game in the off-season, which Weider believes will pay dividends.
"They have played a lot in the off-season and entered USTA tournaments, which gives them a competitive advantage," he said. "They just get so much match experience and they see really good competition."
Scouting the NLL, Mark Weider said he expects Bowling Green and Perrysburg to contend for the title.
"And you can never rule out Northview or Southview," he said.
While the varsity team is seeking to elevate Perrysburg tennis, the program is also building itself at the lower level.
A total of 32 players came out for the team this year. Last year, the team had 16 players.
Instead of making cuts, Mark Weider increased the number of varsity spots from nine to 12 with the other 20 players being evenly split into the gold and black junior varsity teams.
"It was flattering because the guys on the team are talking to other guys at school and telling them about the team and how much fun it is," Mark Weider said. "We've got a lot of young kids coming up, a lot of freshmen and sophomores."
Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 09:27

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