Cade VanRooyen

Rockford boys varsity tennis team starts 2012 season strong

August 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Rockford High School (RHS) boys 2012 tennis season is in full swing with a slate of exciting matches having already taken place. The Rams have started a very busy August with two invitationals and three dual matches to date. The season started on August 15 with a three-way meet with RHS versus Okemos and Williamston high schools. In their first match of the season, the Rams varsity team was victorious over Williamston by a team score of 7-1 (won seven individual matches versus lost one match). The singles play was strong against the Eagles with impressive match wins by Mark Vietengruber (6-0, 6-0), Ryan Korlewitz (6-1, 6-1), and Luke Van Fleet (6-0, 6-0). Coming in with points on doubles wins were Cade VanRooyen and Thomas Hall (6-4, 2-6, 10-5), Sam Dater and Gregg Witt (6-1, 6-2), (3-6, 6-4, 6-2), Zak Riebschleger and Ken Smith (6-2, 6-0), and John Macgregor and John D’Amore (6-0, 6-0). Overall, it was a great team win. In the second match of the day, the Rams netters faced a tough Division II tennis powerhouse in Okemas. The singles play was strong against the Chiefs with impressive match wins by Mark Vietengruber (3-6, 6-4, 10-5), Ryan Korlewitz (6-1, 7-5), and Luke Van Fleet (6-1, 6-2). The doubles teams faced a stiff challenge and came home with a match win by John Macgregor and John D’Amore (2-6, 7-5, 10-2) to help the team to secure a team tie in this match at 4-4. Overall, it was a great display of team play on the courts at Okemos. The Rams then went into the weekend with the always tough Elliott Pearce Invitational (EPI) hosted by Forest Hills Central. The EPI is known to have one of the toughest draws in the state with six of the eight teams in the field finishing 2011 in the top 10 in their respective divisions. While the competition was stiff, the Rams finished well with singles match wins by Tyler Kowalk, Ryan Korlewitz, Luke Van Fleet and Mark Vietengruber (#1, #2, #3 and #4 singles). The Rams also took away three doubles match wins as well to finish with a respectable seven points. All in all, it was a good day for a “Tom Izzo like,” competitively […]