For the Star Beacon
The Geneva boys tennis program has been a dynasty that has rarely been challenged for decades. Scott Torok is building that same kind of legacy with the Eagles’ girls team.
With a 4-1 victory over visiting Lakeside on Monday, Geneva claimed a share of its fifth-straight Premier Athletic Conference championship.
“It’s not just me,” Torok said. “This is a family. I looked around today and (boy coach Phil) Dubsky was there. (Alex) Stuetzer is usually there, he couldn’t be today. Todd Nassief was there, he works with some of our girls. Dave Yost has been here with me for years.
“This is a team effort. We definitely spread it around. Nobody tales all the credit and nobody wants to. We’ve just got to have the girls dedicate themselves and we will help them.”
It was the 12th-straight victory for the Eagles (12-3, 8-0).
The Dragons (10-6, 6-2) gave Geneva a run for its money.
“Coach (Bob) Walters had them ready to go today,” Torok said. “It was 4-1, but it was awfully close, especially at first singles.”
Alyx Lynham of Geneva topped Katie Allan of Lakeside in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
“Allan is a good player,” Torok said. “She took everything Alyx had. Alyx dug out of a hole, being down after the first set. (Allan) had us sweating.
“We’ve kidded Alyx a little bit that she’s a little bit of a slow starter. It was funny. (Alyx) said she didn’t (get a slow start) today, Katie just played really well.”
Amy Varckette and Martina Drugovich won handily at second and third singles for the Eagles.
“They probably don’t get the accolades that Alyx does, but they did went and did their jobs quickly today,” Torok said. “That’s needed. It goes unsung, what they accomplish.”
Kayla Huff and Sydney VanHoy teamed to win, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, over Leah Brady and Sarah George at second doubles.
“Sydney didn’t play in the first match with Lakeside,” Torok said. “I like to think that was a good addition that would help us out. It did. They won in a tiebreaker. That set the tone. That was huge.”
The Dragons’ Courtney Smith and Ashley Gran beat Beth Steele and Deidra Yan, 6-4, 6-2 at first singles.
Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.