Riders Tie For Third At WBL Championship

St. Marys' Andrew Vogel watches the ball before he returns the volley during the Western Buckeye League Boys Tennis Championship on Saturday.
Sports Editor

The St. Marys Roughriders boys tennis team finished tied for third place after day 2 of the Western Buckeye League Boys Tennis Championship on Saturday at the University of Northwest Ohio campus.


Shawnee and Ottawa-Glandorf both shared the league title with 19 points, followed by St. Marys and Celina, who both finished with 15 points. St. Marys finished fourth in the regular season standings and third in the two-day tournament.


St. Marys had three positions finish in third place, Marcel Lansing at first singles, Howie Spencer at second singles and the Roughriders second doubles team of Evan Tennant and David Keller.


At first doubles, Andrew Vogel and Mason King were runners-up, falling to O-G’s Zach Balbaugh and Drew Kuhlman and CJ Vanderhorst finished in fifth place at third singles.


After winning their opening match on Thursday, Vogel and King outlasted Defiance’s Drew Klausing and Zachary Tettenhorst in three sets, with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 victory to face Balbaugh and Kuhlman, who defeated the Riders duo, 6-0, 6-1.


At first singles, Lansing fell in his opening match on Saturday to Shawnee’s Michael Rutter, 6-0, 6-0, but rebounded to beat Celina’s Bryce Langenkamp, 6-3, 6-2 to finish in third place.


After winning his only match Thursday, Spencer fell to Shawnee’s Isaac Hanover to open play Saturday, but rebounded to defeat O-G’s Kevin Recker, 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, to finish third.


Tennant and Keller dropped their first match to open play Saturday with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 defeat to Elida’s Jacob Ramirez and Riley Creps, where the Roughriders second doubles team finished third place after their 6-0, 6-4 straight-set win against Wapakoneta’s Austin Hancock and Noah Kirby.


The Roughriders rebounded well after finishing seventh overall in last year’s tournament and fifth overall.