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Liberty tennis battling the cold, too

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ tennis team is not one to complain, but a snow squall during practice in the middle of April would test anyone’s nerves.

“I give a lot of credit to the kids because they rarely complain about the weather. I’m the one who complains. I’m the one who gets cold, but it doesn’t bother them,” said Liberty coach Leo Schnalzer. “When you’re running around, with tennis especially, your body gets warm, but it’s the hands. It’s the worst weather I can remember.”

Still cold and windy on April 18, the Hurricanes powered through and defeated Easton, 5-1.

Louis Gruber won his match at one singles, 6-0, 6-0, Gavin Snyder won at two singles, 6-0, 6-0, and Anthony Ronca won at three singles, 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles matches, Marc Burritt and Jacob Wong won at two doubles, 6-0, 6-1, Duke Jin and Stephen Trempel won at three doubles, 8-2, and Graydon Wascura and Man Nyugen lost at four doubles, 3-8.

By the time the last two doubles matches had begun, the Hurricanes already won the match overall, so both teams decided to play just one set.

“I think we did pretty well together,” said Trempel. “This is our first time playing together as partners, but we’ve been on the tennis team for four years, so we know each other really well. We were able to set up the points well.”

Trempel is usually paired with Ngyuen, and Jin is usually paired with Burritt.

“Stephen and Marc, they both set up the point, and I try to win the point,” Jin said. “[Today] we talked together about how to make a better plan to play.”