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Chaminade wins conference tennis tournament

By: Warren Mayes

The Chaminade Red Devils picked up some valuable momentum after winning the Metro Catholic Conference tournament.

The Red Devils won the recent conference tournament with 24.5 points. CBC was second with 18.5 followed by St. Louis University High, De Smet Jesuit and Vianney.

Coach Chris Salaveria said winning the league tourney was a team goal.

“We have process goals that include academics, positive sportsmanship and 100-percent effort at all times in school and on the tennis court,” Salaveria said. “Improving on these process goals every day allows our team to achieve our outcome goals, in which one of them is the 2018 MCC team tournament championship.

“We focus on having fun as a team, being a positive teammate at all times, and displaying positive sportsmanship and effort on the tennis courts at all times. These components equate to our team and individuals playing well.”

Before the league tourney, Chaminade had participated in several tournaments. The Red Devils earned a fifth-place finish in the E Flight of DecoTurf National Team Tournament. Chaminade came in 13th in the Edwardsville [Illinois] Tournament and was sixth in the MICDS Tournament of Champions.

Chaminade put it all together in winning the team title in the conference meet.

Senior Timmy Fisher won at No. 4 singles with a 6-0, 6-2 victory.

“The match had a lot of long points and the match was closer than the score indicated,” Salaveria said. “He relies on his athletic ability to get to every ball and play long points when necessary.”

The Red Devils won all three doubles matches to secure the conference crown.

“I expect our doubles to play high percentage doubles, and if our doubles teams play correctly while displaying positive sportsmanship and having fun, the results are secondary to me as their coach,” Salaveria said.

Senior Thomas Waters and sophomore Tanner Wojciechowski won at No. 1 doubles over SLUH’s Brendan Charles and John Lenzen 6-1, 4-6, 10-3.

“This is the first time Thomas and Tanner have played together, to comply with the format of the MCC Tournament,” Salaveria said. “Both SLUH and Chaminade played high-quality points as it came down to the third-set, 10-point super breaker.

Senior Tommy Richardson and junior Howard Zhou beat SLUH’s Drew Kirchoff and Drew Shelton 6-2, 7-6 at No. 2. doubles.

At No. 3 doubles, Brendan Mueller and Shanu Sankara won 6-1, 5-7, 10-6 over SLUH’s Drew Patritti and Preston Johnson.

Mueller and Sankara have a 9-1 doubles record mainly playing the third doubles position this season.

The tourney title was Chaminade’s second straight MCC title and third in last four years.

“For the seniors that participated in this competition since their freshman year [Richardson and Waters], this is their third MCC team tournament championship,” Salaveria said. “We have fun playing tennis at all times and represent Chaminade in a positive way on the tennis courts.

“The entire team played for each other and every team member was able to contribute points to the final team total.”


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