Recalling the Medina tennis team’s school record 108 N-O match win streak
Two-time defending Niagara-Orleans champion Medina is currently riding a 28 league tennis match winning streak.
That impressive run by Coach Chris Horgan’s Mustang netters brings back memories of Medina’s all-time winning streak, an incredible run of 108 straight N-O victories spanning eight seasons from 1981-1988.
After sharing the N-O title with Starpoint at 11-1 in 1980, Medina then put together a stretch of seven straight N-O championship seasons from 1981-1987 going an incredible 96-0 during that stretch. The Mustangs went 12-0 in 1981 and then 14-0 in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987.
Medina’s win streak reached 108 in a row before it was finally ended in the second to the last match of the 1988 season by a Roy-Hart squad which was ironically coached by Horgan.
Roy-Hart won that battle between unbeaten 12-0 teams by a narrow 3-2. The Rams then took the rematch in the season finale, again by a 3-2 margin, to capture the N-O championship with a 14-0 record ending the Mustangs seven year reign.
Interestingly, the year Medina began that streak, in 1981, was also Horgan’s first year of coaching at Roy-Hart, his alma mater. He took over as Medina’s coach in 2001 guiding the Mustangs to what have been four N-O titles (2001, 2006, 2012 2013) under his tutelage.
Over that eight year run many players contributed to the Mustangs putting together the memorable streak. To name just a few, Jamie Rodriguez went 53-0 for his career, Dave Clark 53-1, Brett Decker (50-6), John Derry (40-0), Karl Terryberry (40-2), Tim Gelder (40-2), Sean McCloy (40-2), John Fox (40-2), Steve Balcerzak (40-1), Dennis Vanill (27-0) and Brian Sanford (25-3).
Roy-Hart, whose lineup was led by Ray Neuman, went on to also claim the N-O title in 1989 at 12-0.
The Mustangs and Rams then shared the N-O title each of the next three years (1990-91-92) splitting their two matches each time.
Those three co-championships started another marathon run of 10 straight N-O title seasons for Medina.
The Mustangs went 127-5 over that 10 year run (1990-1999) in which they claimed the N–O title out right six times (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999), shared it with Roy-Hart the three times and also shared it once with Wilson in 1995.
It was an incredible 20 year run from 1980-1999 for the Mustang netters who won or shared the N-O title 18 times during that stretch while compiling a record of 254-12.
In all three coaches shared in guiding Medina during that two decade span. Gib Irons coached the Mustangs from 1970-1984 (130-46 with 5 N-O titles), Tom Robinson from 1985-1990 (73-7 with 4 N-O titles) and the late Larry Decker from 1991-2000 (128-6 with 9 N-O titles).