Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ottawa senior rounds into form

By The Herald Staff | 5/5/2014

Ottawa High School senior Jonathan Kuczmarski is starting to round into form. He finished second Saturday in the De Soto Invitational.

“Second was a great result for Jonathan,” Ottawa tennis coach Eric Sparks said. “Jonathan did a great job of being patient throughout points and being aggressive when he needed too.”

Ottawa High School senior Jonathan Kuczmarski is starting to round into form. He finished second Saturday in the De Soto Invitational.

“Second was a great result for Jonathan,” Ottawa tennis coach Eric Sparks said. “Jonathan did a great job of being patient throughout points and being aggressive when he needed too.”

Kuczmarski opened the tournament with 8-0 wins over Leavenworth and Saint James. In the semifinals, be bested De Soto’s No. 1 player, 8-7 (7-2). He lost 8-0 to Hayden’s Tommy Hunter in the finals.

“Jonathan played really well all day and had a big win against Zoller of De Soto, who had beaten him earlier in the season,” Sparks said. “Tommy Hunter is an outstanding player who won state last year,

Ottawa’s No. 1 doubles tandem Alex Reed/Vince Sylvester finished fourth.

“It was a long, hot day and I think fatigue played a little bit of a factor in the last match,” Sparks said. “Alex and Vince played aggressive all day long and had another good day.”

The two won their first two matches to reach the semifinals. Ottawa defeated Lansing, 8-4 and De Soto, 8-7 (7-6). Ottawa fell to Hayden 8-0 in the semifinals. Ottawa lost to another De Soto pair, 8-3, in the third-place match.

Chris Espinosa lost 8-1 to De Soto and 8-4 to Lansing.

Ottawa tied for third without a No. 2 doubles entrant.

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