Boys Varsity Tennis · Court besters — River tops Parma in GLC opener

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — Rocky River opened Great Lakes Conference play with a 5-0 victory over Parma on Wednesday.

An early sweep of the two doubles matches lifted the Pirates (3-4, 1-0 GLC) to a 2-0 lead, and Jack Latham finished off the shutout in second singles in what was the closest match of the afternoon. River’s performance at Tri-City park lifted the team’s 2019 home mark to 2-1.

Latham won his match against Parma’s Riffigie Sano, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 10-5. The sophomore has now won back-to-back matches after starting his season 0-5.

Tony Ilias defeated Riffigie Sano’s brother, Ralph, 6-4, 6-2, in first singles.

The doubles tandem of Christian Devorace and Julian Clark won in dominant fashion, 6-0, 6-1. Devorace and Clark are now 4-1 since Saturday and 4-2 on the season.

The Pirates are now on their path toward competing for a league crown. River carded a second-place finish in the 2018 GLC Championship Tournament.

Rocky River has now won two in a row; the Pirates will put that win streak on the line at Brecksville on April 9.


1S: Tony Ilias d. Ralph Sano 6-4, 6-2
2S: Jack Latham d. Riffigie Sano 7-6 (5), 5-7, 10-5
3S: Jack Bowers d. David Martin 6-0, 6-1
1D: Christian Devorace and Julian Clark d. Mike Munar and Owen Ekechi 6-0, 6-1
2D: Aiden Walsh and Sonny Fricano d. Alek Micovie and Maddie Griffith 6-4, 6-2



THE RIGHT BOWER: Freshman Jack Bowers won his Wednesday match at third singles, 6-0, 6-1. Bowers is now 4-2 on the season.

DOMINANT DUO: Christian Devorace and Julian Clark lost just one game over their Tuesday and Wednesday sweeps against Lake Ridge and Parma.

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