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Tennis Undefeated in MAC Blue

Tennis Undefeated in MAC Blue
By George Pohly (
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Less power could make Colton Stancavage more of a force on the tennis court.

The Anchor Bay senior won his match at No. 1 singles as the Tars defeated visiting Ford 5-3 in a MAC Blue Division meet Monday.

Stancavage focused on the placement of his shots more than the power behind them in a 7-5, 6-4 victory over 11th-grader Matt Domke.

"I didn't try to do too much," Stancavage said. "I tried to place the ball rather than hit it too hard. I think that really helped me."

Hitting with less power has been a frequent topic of conversation between Stancavage and his coach, Leon Niewoit.

"He's a very energetic player," Niewoit said. "He goes for broke a little more than he probably should. He likes to hit the ball hard. But he's a crafty player."

Stancavage trailed 4-3 in the first set, but worked his way into leads of 5-4 and 6-5 before closing out the match.

He sprang from a 4-3 lead in the second set to the 6-4 triumph.

"It was a great match," Stancavage said. "It was really tough. It seemed to go back and forth.

"He'd break me; I'd break him. It was tough to get ahead."

Stancavage said there's no substitute for playing when it comes to improving shot placement.

"It's just about being out there," he said. "If you're hitting five, six times a week, you're going to get better at it. You've got to build up the consistency.

"I want to get the best record I can. It's my senior year. I want to do my best."

Singles players Blaine Borchardt and Alex Price posted victories for Anchor Bay. The Tars picked up doubles wins from the teams of Mitchell Giulliano and Nicholas Torey, and Michael Reiterman and Ben Newman.

Price defeated Josh Larson 6-4, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.

"He has beaten all the Macomb (County) schools he's played," Niewoit said. "I hope he gets a seed at regionals."

Ford and Anchor Bay tied in team scoring at the Armada Quad, and Niewoit expected a close match on the Tars' courts.

"I thought we might tie," he said. "It's exciting to win."

Anchor Bay clinched the victory when the No. 2 doubles team of Mitchell Giulliano and Nicholas Torey won a three-set match.

Earlier, Ford's No. 1 doubles pairing of Chris Zahron and Zack Yurconis gave the Falcons a point with a 6-1, 7-6 triumph over the team of Ross Gottschalk and Cameron Paddock.

"It was really a back-and-forth match," Zahron said.

Zahron and Yurconis are juniors. They've been a tandem since last season, and they're thinking about taking lessons as a double team.

"I definitely want to improve on my backhand," Zahron said.

"I need to work on my serving," Yurconis added.

Zahron and Yurconis have won both of their MAC Blue matches.

"It helps a lot with chemistry," Zahron said of the year-plus pairing with his partner.

"You know what your partner can do," Yurconis added.

Anchor Bay (4-0 and 4-1) has two MAC Blue dual meets remaining, including one against Fraser on Wednesday.

The division tournament will be Sept. 27 with Ford the host school.

"I want our team to win the MAC Blue," Stancavage said. "That's huge. It's really an aspiration of ours."

Ford is 1-1 in Blue matches.