It was a match of hometown teams on the Columbian tennis courts Tuesday afternoon.
But Tiffin was the end of the similarities as the veteran Columbian squad mopped up against Calvert, 5-0.
"I really enjoy playing Calvert in both girls and guys tennis. It's a classy program with good kids and it's good for the community because kids who know each other get to go out and play each other," Columbian coach Chip Weingart said. "We try to do some things together in the summer time so it's good to get that match in with each other."
PHOTO BY AARON KORTE
Columbian's Adam Young returns a volley from Calvert's Ryan Gase on Tuesday afternoon. Young won the match, 6-3, 6-2.
PHOTO BY AARON KORTE
Calvert’s Jack Burtis battles Columbian’s Nick Gaietto at first singles Tuesday. Burtis fell in the match, 6-2, 6-1, to Gaietto.
The signature match of the day was at No. 1 singles, where Nick Gaietto downed Calvert's Jack Burtis, 6-2, 6-1.
"The backhand (was working). I just played that and moved him around the court," Gaietto said. "That's what you have to do. It's all about strategy rather than just hitting the ball really hard."
Gaietto said Burtis made it tough.
"He was really consistent. He just kept hitting the ball back no matter where I placed it," Gaietto said. "He seemed to be able to get it back no matter what."
But it's also something Gaietto is accustomed to.
"Yeah (it's tough) actually because when you're the No. 1, you're supposed to be the best player but there's better players out there," he said. "If you're constantly losing, it takes a toll on you."
He impressed his coach.
"I thought Nick Gaietto played really well today because Jack Burtis is a very good No. 1 for Calvert," Weingart said. "He came out and moved the ball around the court well and went for his shots at the appropriate time."
Adam Young took down Ryan Gase in No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-2.
Hayden Stone and Nils Gommel took care of business at No. 1 doubles with a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
Columbian (12-5) used a few new faces as well as Tyler Hawk blanked Phillip Boes, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. At No. 2 doubles, Jacob English and Hunter Stark had little trouble with Miranda Shorts and Amanda Traxler.
"I thought all our guys coming out and playing varsity that don't normally play varsity did a really good job," Weingart said. "Tyler Hawk came out and did a good job at third singles. And Jacob English, a senior, got his first varsity win today at second doubles. It was great to get him here playing today. He's a senior who has been on the team for three years and just a great kid. It's good to reward him with a varsity spot today."
Calvert coach Alex Lucius, who saw his team drop to 0-10, said there was a lot to like.
"Jack Burtis usually comes out and does pretty well for us overall," Lucius said. "Phillip Boes and Ryan Gase (played well). Especially Ryan Gase. He's starting to come together. Here late in the season, he's improved drastically. Our doubles teams have also started to improve. We have a few things to work on."
As the teams head into the postseason in the coming weeks, Lucius said his team has to work on some things if it wants to have success in the tourney.
"The biggest thing is serving and getting more aggressive at the net. We're pretty relaxed and let it come to us," Lucius said. "Definitely, we need to get more aggressive and try to get more serves in and all around, be more consistent."
Lucius said his team can learn a lot from Columbian.
"Obviously Columbian is a great team and they have a lot of experience," Lucius said.