The University Liggett boys' tennis team is off to a flying start under first-year head coach Mark Sobieralski.
The Knights improved to 5-0 overall by shutting out a good St. Clair squad 9-0 on Monday, Aug. 25, on their home courts. The weather was sunny, hot and humid.
"The guys played very well today and they beat a nice MAC Red team," Sobieralski said. "It's great to get off to such a good start and now the guys will get a little bit of a break before school starts."
Singles players T.J. Dulac and Christian Ilitch rolled to easy wins. Dulac won 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 singles and Ilitch won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.
Spencer Warezak won 7-6, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, and Andrew Starrico won 6-4, 6-1.
Each of the Knights' four singles players were able to wear out their St. Clair counterparts.
At No. 1 doubles, August Bonacci and Casey Scoggin had no trouble, winning 6-2, 6-0, and the No. 2 doubles tandem of Davey Sekhon and Jackson Benning rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
Alex Dow and Thomas VanPelt had an easy first set, winning 6-0, before being pushed in the second set before winning at No. 3 doubles and at No. 4 doubles, Will Gersch and Kester Stefani won 6-2, 6-2.
Both teams had a No. 5 doubles team and the Knights were able to complete the sweep when Jack Sheeren and Charles Becker won 8-1.
Liggett opened its season with a 6-3 victory over Jackson Lumen Christi.
Dulac won 6-4, 6-4, and was the lone singles player to win his match.
The other wins came from the doubles teams. Bonacci and Scoggin won at No. 1 doubles, and the No. 2 doubles squad of Benning and Davey was victorious.
VanPelt and Becker won at No.3 doubles and Gersch and Sheeren won at No. 4 doubles. The No. 5 doubles team of Stefani and Andrew Almasy also won.
The Knights also competed in the Portland Tournament and beat Portland, Paw Paw and North Muskegon by identical 7-1 scores.
Dulac, No. 1 singles; Ilitch, No. 2 singles; and Staricco, No. 3 singles; each won their flights with perfect 3-0 marks. Warezak was 1-2 at No. 3 singles.
The Knights also won three doubles flights, with Bonacci and Gersch going 3-0 at No. 1, and Sekhon and Benning finishing 3-0 at No. 2.
VanPelt and Dow finished 3-0 at No. 3, and the No. 4 doubles squad of Sheeren and Becker finished 2-1.
"We had a great tourament with solid results," Sobieralski said. "I had to move the lineup a little bit, but I think we have the lineup the way I like it as we head into September."
Coming up for the Knights is a home invitational Saturday, Sept. 13, but Traverse City St. Francis is the host.