Tyler Kowalk

Boys varsity tennis takes first in FHE Hawk Invitational

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Rockford High School boys varsity tennis team continues to compete and score important team victories for the 2012 season. On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Rams traveled to Forest Hills Eastern (FHE) High School to compete in the always tough FHE Hawk Tournament. This is a “quad tourney” with four varsity teams participating in match play throughout the day. Varsity tennis teams from Lowell, Calvin Christian, and FHE high schools all came into the tournament ready to compete with each respective team and to prove their mettle on the courts at FHE. With four schools in the tournament, each singles player and doubles team plays three matches against opponents from the other three schools, throughout a very long day of competitive tennis. In order to make it through three matches in a single day, every player on the team must maintain a strong focus on the game, all day in order to maintain that competitive edge. As the day wore on, each player and coach for the team did just that. When the dust settled on the courts, the Rams varsity team came out number one on the day. The Rams’ singles play for the day was dominant with impressive match wins by all of the Rams’ singles play team members. Tyler Kowalk, Ryan Korlewitz, Luke Van Fleet and Mark Vietengruber (#1, #2, #3 and #4 singles, respectively) all kept that focus and competitive edge throughout the day, each scoring impressive wins against some tough competition. Kowalk, Korlewitz and Van Fleet all went undefeated in their three matches, finishing as “flight champions” at their seeding. Vietengruber also scored impressive points on the day by finishing runner up to the champion in his flight. Equally as dominant were the doubles teams of Cade VanRooyen and Thomas Hall, Sam Dater and Gregg Witt, Zak Riebschleger and Ken Smith, and John Macgregor and John D’Amore (#1, #2, #3 and #4 doubles, respectively). These dynamic doubles pairs also kept the focus and competitive edge throughout the day that is necessary to finish strong. Each player on a doubles pair must work together with their teammate to maintain that competitive edge right up through the very last game, set and match of the day. All of the doubles teams finished […]