Geneva, Conneaut tennis players are eagerly awaiting the district | Local sports
Asked to describe the play of his doubles team of Jon Huang and Devin Morrison, Geneva coach Scott Torok borrows a cliché from the world of fine arts.
“It’s not Picasso, but the paint is dry.” said the coach laughing.
Huang and Morrison pretty much grew up playing tennis against each other as well as against each other. For their senior season, they wanted to team up.
In doing so, years of friendship, as well as a few moments of frustration with each other, manifested themselves.
“They yell at each other a lot,” Torok said. “They fight, they get mad at each other, but usually they find out as well.
What they did, the pair worked their way to a 17-10 record this spring. Sometimes they played really well and won big matches, other times they struggled.
By the time all is said and done, they have reached today’s Division II district tennis tournament at Springside Racquet and Fitness Club in Akron.
“I’m super excited,” Huang said. “Devin and I have been friends for a very long time and always look forward to going since we started playing tennis. Playing here has always been one of my goals. “
They traveled to Akron placing fourth in last weekend’s sectional tournament at Solon High School. There, they hit their ticket by beating a St. John’s team that beat them twice during the regular season.
“That was one of our big goals,” Morrison said of reaching the districts. “I didn’t really expect us to go this far because there was no season last year and before that we were playing JV.
On their college debut this spring, the two seniors used their different strengths and skills to succeed.
“Devin is more of a powerful player, while Jon relies more on spin. It’s kind of a spin doctor, ”Torok said. There is a time and place for everything and sometimes they don’t know when it is, but most of them understand it.
One of the main reasons they find out is that they know each other so well.
“Usually we know what the other person is going to do before we do it,” Morrison said.
They will meet the Youngstown Ursulines team of Gavin Blacksher and Josh Khavari in the first round. This is a single elimination format until the semi-finals.
Torok said he would love to see the duo play, but whatever the game he wants to see them enjoy the moment they’ve won this season.
“It’s their last race here, I’m happy for them because they missed last year so they’re due,” said Torok. “I hope they take everything into account. They are a bit like an old married couple. They scream, they fight, but in the end, they usually get it.
Tyler Perkins and Conneaut JT Vendetti will also represent Ashtabula County from Geneva today. Perkins walks the field with a 20-7 record and placed fourth to Solon. He will face Rayn Carnahan of Lakeview in the first round.
Vendetti will face Chirs Simon from Boardman. Vendetti took third place from Solon and enters the tournament with a 12-5 record.