Brother Rice Tennis Team finished in 7th place over the weekend at the CCL Championships. Doubles team of Senior Joe Mendala and Freshman Jeremy Zemguly had the best finish for Brother Rice, finishing in 4th place.
By: Joseph McMullen
The tennis team kicked off its season on March 21. The team’s first match was against St. Francis in Mt. Greenwood Park. Number one doubles pair, Ryan Cunnea and Brendan Leibforth, had a come-from-behind victory with the following scores: 2-6, 6-2, and 6-2. Number two doubles pair, Joe Mendala and Jeremy Zemgulys, had a cleansweep win, with scores of 6-2 and 6-2. The tennis team went on to have more wins against other schools, like DeLaSalle.
The team suffered some losses as well. Jeremy Zemgulys, a varsity doubles player, said, “The team as a whole is not doing so well. Together, we are not winning too many games.” Junior varsity player Scott Halko agreed with Jeremy’s statement. Scott said that the junior varsity is also not doing too well at their matches. Hearing that from any member of a Brother Rice team is upsetting, but the players are still holding their heads up high. They are continuing the season with great optimism.
Brother Rice won Marian’s Catholic Quadrangular Tournament By defeating St. Pat’s 4-1 then defeating Joliet Catholic 4-1 and then defeating Marian Catholic 3-2.
Jack Alter was a true Crusader playing in three – 3 setter matches and winning all three matches. Also in tennis Against Oak Lawn Ryan Cunnea, Moe Mandala and Jemery Zemguly won their matches.
The tennis team defeated De LaSalle 3-2 on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Ryan Kenny won his number 3 singles match and number 1 doubles team. Ryan Cunnea and Brendan Leibforth won 6-2 , 6-0, while number 2 doubles team Joe Mendala and Jeremy Zemgulys won 6-1, 6-0.
The Crusader tennis team opened its season on Tuesday, Marcy 21, 2017, at Mt. Greenwood Park. The highlights in the first match against St. Francis were Ryan Cunnea and Brendan Leibforth with a come-from-behind victory, winning in three sets 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. This victory was followed by Joe Mendala and Jeremy Zemgulys, who took straight set wins 6-2, 6-2.
The Crusader tennis team finished its dual meet season with yet another win, taking their dual meet record to 10 and 5. Morgan Park Academy was the latest foe to fall to the Crusaders 3-2. The doubles teams won handily; Ryan Cunnea and Brendan Leibforth at 1st doubles, TJ Saas and Joe Mendala at 2nd doubles, and Rob Balsewich and Dan Berzins at 3rd doubles, ruled the tennis courts in Mt. Greenwood.
It was a beautiful day for tennis and our Crusaders held their heads high as they participated in the Chicago Catholic League tennis tournament. Our top finishers were our number one doubles team Ryan Cunnea and Brendan Leibforth finishing in 5th place. A gallant effort was performed by Dan Berzins. Dan played 5 matches finished 3-2 and placed 6th at 3 singles. Our Tennis Team finished in 6th place over all.
On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the tennis team took on Oak Lawn High School on a beautiful afternoon and proved to be the better team, defeating Oak Lawn 3-2. Rob Balsewich captured the team victory, winning his singles match 6-2, 6-3. Doubles players Ryan Cunnea, Brendan Leibforth, TJ Saas and Joe Mandala proved their supremacy on court winning both their matches.
Brother Rice’s Tennis team defeated DeLaSalle 3-2 at Dunbar Park on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Rob Balsewich won his singles match 6-1, 6-2 and TJ Saas with partner Joe Mendala won their doubles match 6-2, 6-1. The Crusaders’ number one doubles team Ryan Cunnea and Brendan Leibforth came from behind to win in 3 sets 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 12-10.
On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, the Crusader tennis team took on Bishop McNamara at home, winning the match 4 to 1. On first singles, senior Jeremy Tryban won a 3 set endurance test 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. On third singles, senior Liam Millerick swiftly defeated his opponent 6-2, 6-1. For second doubles, seniors Dan Rooney and John Brandt started out with a commanding lead and kept it that way, winning 6-0, 6-2. First doubles sophomores Ryan Cunnea and Joe Mendala shut out their opponents 6-0, 6-0.