Lincoln-Way East Boys Tennis Sets New Record
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
On May 3rd, the Lincoln-Way East Boys' Tennis Program had a historic night on the courts as the Varsity Team set a new SWSC Blue and Red Division Record by winning its 34th consecutive SWSC Dual Meet victory, dating back to 2012. The 6-1 victory over Lincoln-Way North propelled the team to a perfect 8-0 record in SWSC play this season, and a 53-3 individual match record in 8 SWSC matches in 2016. During the streak from 2012-2016, the Griffins have posted a 214-33 individual match record, a .867 winning percentage. In total, the Griffins have posted a 67-2 SWSC Conference Dual Meet record since the start of the 2008 season conference record.
The Varsity Griffins are now 18-4 on the season and 8-0 in SWSC play. The JV Griffins continued a strong run as well, defeating Lincoln-Way North last night 7-0 to improve to 16-1 on the season and 8-0 in SWSC play. The JV netters have posted a 54-2 individual match record in their conference matches on the season.
The 2nd doubles team of Weston Dell and Matt Zuccato continue to anchor the Griffins line-up with a strong 21-2 overall record on the season, while the first doubles team of Jonathan Thomas and Joey Isdonas continue to lead the charge against competition with a 16-4 record at the top of the doubles rotation. Ryan Mitchell notched his 20th victory on the season, improving to 20-4 at 1st singles, while Nikhil Piska (15-3) and Dan Zubenko (9-7) continue to provide great depth in the singles rotation. Tom Wrigley and Max Walker improved to 11-3 at 3rd doubles, and Bailey Leavy and Will Cooley remain undefeated at 12-0 at 4th doubles on the season.
In an email to "Friends of Griffins Tennis" Varsity Coach Chris Olson said, "Congratulations again to the entire program, and to all of the effort that the parents and players have put into this season in setting a little bit of history for the program."
The homestretch of the season continues with a Varsity quad against Ottawa, Normal U-High, and Fenwick this afternoon at Lincoln-Way North, a final SWSC conference dual tomorrow against Homewood-Flossmoor (Varsity A and JV H), and the very difficult Varsity Tournament at Benet on Friday and Saturday. While there, the Griffins will take on some of the very best teams in the state.