By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Cardinal Newman maintained its position atop the North Bay League standings on Tuesday by sweeping all four singles matches while defeating Montgomery 5-2 on the Vikings’ courts.
The win boosts the Cardinals to 8-0 in league while Montgomery falls to 5-2.
“The wind made the conditions tough,” Newman coach Tony Greco said. “It was difficult for both schools.”
Leading the singles sweep was freshman Alejandro Serrano Osoba. He defeated Jay Schlesinger 6-1, 6-2.
Also winning in straight sets for the Cardinals were Connery Gschwend, Tom Broffman and Brad King..
“To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to win all the singles matches,” Greco said. “Broffman and King played really well to get their wins.”
There are strategies that make playing in the wind easier, according to Greco.
“At the high school level, the most important thing for players to remember is to keep their feet moving,” he said. “Also, take as many high-percentage shots as you can and hit the ball with a lot of spin.”
Montgomery enjoyed considerably more success in doubles where Alex Billings and Jacob Krug prevailed at No. 1 while Riley O’Neil and Charlie Johnson took No. 2.
“It was a disappointing day,” Vikings coach Sean Benoit said. “We expected to do better.
“The wind was a factor, but it was the same for both teams. There were a lot of close games and it seemed like Newman got most of the important points when the score got to deuce.
“That was especially true in a couple of the singles matches.”
MARIA CARRILLO 7, SANTA ROSA 0
At Maria Carrillo, Valentin Lohmer, playing No. 1 singles, led the way with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Xander Sugerman.
“This was the best match Lohmer has played this season,” coach Bob Klyce said. “He held his serve together, played patiently and then got aggressive at the right times.”
The Pumas are 6-1 in league.
ANALY 4, CASA GRANDE 3
At Petaluma, the Tigers captured two of the three doubles matches to win the nonleague contest.
The duo of Vincente Carreras-Tommy Howley won at No. 2 and Nathan Flood and Sean Connick came out on top in the No. 3 position.
The two singles wins for Analy came from Aidan Rogers and Michael Grieve.
Winning at singles for the Gauchos were Ram Goli and Jeff Becker.