Nedderman knocks off third seed on first day of WBL tennis championship

LIMA — The St. Marys boys tennis team was involved in close matches at every spot of the line-up on the first day of the Western Buckeye League Championship at UNOH on Thursday, while third singles’ Justin Nedderman pulled off an upset to move into the semis.

Nedderman upended third-seeded Brandon Amstutz of Van Wert in a third singles opener 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. He will play in the semifinals on Saturday against Ottawa-Glandorf.

“He kept the ball in play really well and played steady,” St. Marys head coach Brice Brenneman said. “The Van Wert guy has quite a bit of power and Justin countered that with getting the ball back and deep in the court. He played three really solid sets.”

Some key points eluded the Riders at other spots.

“We had a lot of close ones today and unfortunately we could’ve had a really good day if we would’ve 10 points at the right time in some of the matches," Brenneman said. "Overall, we played pretty well. We ended up with three matches to Defiance, who we lost a tough one to in the regular season and we had three close losses again. We played solid tennis, but we didn’t play our smartest at times. We had some big points that got away from us.”

St. Marys’ Nick Rohr fell in a play-in match at first singles, losing a pair of tiebreakers to Cody Lee of Elida in a 6-7, 6-7 loss. Rohr is eliminated from the touranment.

St. Marys’ Zac Nelson won a play-in match at second singles over Bath 6-1, 6-1 and then lost to 6-2, 6-0 to Shawnee. He lost a pro set to Defiance 8-6. He will play in the seventh-place match on Saturday.

At first doubles, St. Marys’ Bobby Miller and Florian Hau won a 7-6, 6-0 match over Bath to start their day before losing to Shawnee 2-6, 0-6.  They lost a pro set to Defiance 8-5 and will play in the seventh-place match on Saturday.

St. Marys’ second doubles team of Max Moeller and Luke Gossard lost a marathon match to Defiance, 7-5, 5-7, 5-7. They beat Wapakoneta 8-5 in a pro set and will play for fifth place on Saturday.