Van Wert sophomore Lane Mansfield swats a forehand return during the second set of his 6-0, 6-4 win over Kody Ley on Friday afternoon. Mansfield and the Cougars used three singles victories to claim a 3-2 win in the match. (Times Bulletin/John Parent)
Van Wert sophomore Lane Mansfield swats a forehand return during the second set of his 6-0, 6-4 win over Kody Ley on Friday afternoon. Mansfield and the Cougars used three singles victories to claim a 3-2 win in the match. (Times Bulletin/John Parent)
By Jim Cox
Times Bulletin Correspondent
sports@timesbulletin.com
VAN WERT — Friday’s tennis match between Van Wert and Elida was over quickly. The Cougars zipped through the three singles matches, and the Bulldogs did the same in the two doubles contests, leaving the Cougars with a 3-2 win. Van Wert is now 5-2 overall and 5-2 in the Western Buckeye League. Elida is 3-7 and 1-6.
At first singles, Cougar sophomore Lane Mansfield topped senior Kody Ley 6-0, 6-4. Mansfield led 5-1 in the second set before faltering only temporarily. He is now 5-2 on the season. Junior Erik Yeung had no trouble at second singles, winning 6-2, 6-0 over sophomore Tony Savage. Yeung is now 4-3. Sophomore lefty Brandon Amstutz won easily over freshman Andrew Line, 6-0, 6-2. Amstutz’s record is now 5-2.
The doubles was a totally different story, the Bulldogs dominating those two matches. At first doubles, the Elida duo of senior Jordany Greeley and sophomore Ian Klaus was dominant over sophomore Nick Etter and freshman Gabe Rollins, 6-2, 6-1. Greeley and Klaus have lost only once this season. Etter and Rollins are 0-3.
The Bulldog pairing of junior Tyler Mikesell and sophomore Alex Yonat had only slightly more difficulty with junior Kory Schlatter and freshman Ryan Keber, winning 6-3, 6-2 in the afternoon’s longest match. Yonat was up from the junior varsity replacing freshman Drew Sarno, who was attending a basketball event. Schlatter and Keber are now 2-1.


The Cougars’ senior captain and first doubles player Eli Alvarez has been out with a shoulder injury for the last three matches (Kenton, Ottawa-Glandorf, and Elida), forcing coach Mitch Price to move Rollins from second to first doubles and to move Keber from the junior varsity to second doubles.
“In doubles, you can’t just plug guys in,” said Price. “Obviously, you have to, but you have to have that teamwork more than anything. I think we’ll get it, but we’re not progressing the way I think we should. I think that’s just communication.”
Van Wert had struggled a bit against Kenton (a 3-2 win) and against O-G (a 4-1 loss), so this was a good win for the Cougars. “I thought we’d play better (against O-G),” added Price. “We didn’t play really well against Kenton either. We were off our game there, but we’ve lost our captain. That affects a lot. He’s our leader. He’s there, but when he’s not playing, it seems like we don’t play as well.”
Summary:
First singles: Lane Mansfield (VW) over Kody Ley (E) 6-0, 6-4.
Second singles: Eric Yeung (VW) over Tony Savage (E) 6-2, 6-0.
Third singles: Brandon Amstutz (VW) over Andrew Line (E) 6-0, 6-2.
First doubles: Jordan Greeley/Ian Klaus (E) over Nick Etter/Gabe Rollins (VW) 6-2, 6-1.
Second doubles: Tyler Mikesell/Alex Yonat (E) over Ryan Keber/Kory Schlatter (VW) 6-3, 6-2.