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The Columbus East boys tennis team put on its strongest performance of the season so far en route to a 4-1 victory against Greenwood.

East coach Jim Stone was pleased with the way his team stayed focused throughout the entire match.

“Everyone went out there and did their jobs tonight,” Stone said. “Their opponents really didn’t pressure them much, so it was good that they took care of business and took control of the matches rather quickly.”

At No. 1 singles, East senior Seth Meyer defeated Jake Frederickson 6-1, 6-0.

“I played extremely well out there today,” Meyer said. “I felt really good throughout the duration of the match.”

Meyer, who is team captain this season, added that he was thrilled with how the rest of his teammates played.

“They all played great tonight,” Meyer said. “This might be one of the best performances I have seen them play since I have been playing (high school tennis) here. I motivate these guys real well, and I lead by example out there as a leader on this team. If we keep playing like this, the sky is the limit for this team this season.”

The only loss for the Olympians (2-0) came at No. 2 singles, where JoJo Woolwine was defeated by Romer Shapiro 6-2, 6-3.

“I still felt pretty good out there despite the loss,” Woolwine said. “I have changed a lot of things in my game since last week. Once I get that figured out, though, I should be fine.”

“I’ve been working on JoJo recently and trying to get him to play a little looser and to get him to go for his shots more,” Stone said. “Tonight, I think he was a little bit more relaxed on the court.”

Stone said, most importantly, it was all about adjustments for Woolwine, who played doubles most of last year.

“He just has to keep more balls in play, and he has to play for longer points more often,” Stone said.

“He would rally about seven to eight good shots in

a row and then play an unforced shot. So we just have to make sure that he plays with more consistency and adds more pressure to his   opponent.”

At No. 3 singles, East’s Neeraj Pandita defeated Matt Zelenin 3-6, 6-3, (10-6). At No. 1 doubles, Alex Galle and Matt Furnish of East defeated Eric Johnson and Rich Huang 6-3, 6-0. At No. 2 doubles, East’s Sammy Woolwine and Zach Sagester defeated Conrad Schlegel and Luke Jager 7-5, 6-4.

“They were aggressive and came up to the net for shorter points, and that is what we want from them,” Stone said of his doubles teams. “They came up to the net a lot on first serves, and both doubles teams did a good job of pressuring them as well.”

At No. 1 singles, East senior Seth Meyer defeated Jake Frederickson 6-1, 6-0.

“I played extremely well out there today,” Meyer said. “I felt really good throughout the duration of the match.”

Meyer, who is team captain this season, added that he was thrilled with how the rest of his teammates played.

“They all played great tonight,” Meyer said. “This might be one of the best performances I have seen them play since I have been playing (high school tennis) here. I motivate these guys real well, and I lead by example out there as a leader on this team. If we keep playing like this, the sky is the limit for this team this season.”

The only loss for the Olympians (2-0) came at No. 2 singles, where JoJo Woolwine was defeated by Romer Shapiro 6-2, 6-3.

“I still felt pretty good out there despite the loss,” Woolwine said. “I have changed a lot of things in my game since last week. Once I get that figured out, though, I should be fine.”

“I’ve been working on JoJo recently and trying to get him to play a little looser and to get him to go for his shots more,” Stone said. “Tonight, I think he was a little bit more relaxed on the court.”

Stone said, most importantly, it was all about adjustments for Woolwine, who played doubles most of last year.

“He just has to keep more balls in play, and he has to play for longer points more often,” Stone said.

“He would rally about seven to eight good shots in

a row and then play an unforced shot. So we just have to make sure that he plays with more consistency and adds more pressure to his   opponent.”

At No. 3 singles, East’s Neeraj Pandita defeated Matt Zelenin 3-6, 6-3, (10-6). At No. 1 doubles, Alex Galle and Matt Furnish of East defeated Eric Johnson and Rich Huang 6-3, 6-0. At No. 2 doubles, East’s Sammy Woolwine and Zach Sagester defeated Conrad Schlegel and Luke Jager 7-5, 6-4.

“They were aggressive and came up to the net for shorter points, and that is what we want from them,” Stone said of his doubles teams. “They came up to the net a lot on first serves, and both doubles teams did a good job of pressuring them as well.”

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