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Medina nets key win over Albion

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 6 May 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Josh Metzler works toward a win at third singles during the Purple Eagles narrow 3-2.5 loss to visiting Medina this afternoon.

Defending champion Medina edged past host rival Albion 3-2.5 this afternoon to remain in sole possession of the Niagara-Orleans tennis league lead at 6-0.

The loss drops Albion to 5-2.

Straight set victories at first singles by Ben Howell over Andrew Burroughs 6-2, 6-2 and at second singles by Kristian Snyder over Dyer Benjovesky 6-0, 6-1 led the way for Medina.

The Mustangs got what proved to be the decisive point with a narrow 7-6, 7-6 victory by the first doubles team of Tristan Sanders and Brian Bogan over Ben Kirby and Kyler McQuillan.

“It was a very well played match,” Medina Coach Chris Horgan said. “It came down to the final match and it could have gone either way. Credit to Brian and Tristan for coming through with the clutch points in the tie breaker to get us that win at first doubles. Overall it was just a great match. The Albion players just played an outstanding match.”

Albion took the third singles match in three sets as Josh Metzler outlasted Nate Pace 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

The Purple Eagles also got wins at second doubles as the team of Chris Tabor and Monica Benjovesky downed Nick Dieter and Casron Zygoda 6-3, 6-4 and at third doubles as the duo of Michael Stilwell and Dan Beam bested Tom Horgan and Xion Baes 6-2, 6-2.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Nate Pace makes a return at third singles for Medina.

Golf

Kendall went 2-1 on the day in a three-way golf match at Cherry Hill.

The Eagles defeated Holley 235-314 and Bishop Kearney 235-274 but lost to Notre Dame 227-235.

Kendall’s Evan Gaesser took medalist honors with a round of 37.