Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Knights setting sights on big picture

by Bob St. John

September 27, 2012

The University Liggett boys’ tennis team tied Division 4 foe Lansing Catholic Central 4-4 last week.

The Knights had a chance to win, but the Knights lost their final match in three sets to settle for the draw.

“It was a good test for our guys and a good learning experience,” head coach Drew Mascarin said. “I like these types of tough matches to give our players experience. It will come in handy at the regionals.”

The teams split singles and doubles matches.

In singles, senior Philip Pierce won 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 flight and junior Patrick Diaz was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at the No. 4 slot.

Losing singles matches were senior Garrett Mallires at No. 1 and senior Alec Petitpren at No. 3.

Juniors Matt Ninivaggi and James Jurcak won 7-5, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, and the No. 4 doubles tandem of senior Vijay Policherla and junior Stephen Kneiser won 6-4, 6-3.

Both losses at doubles were hard-fought.

Junior Alan Jurcak and sophomore August Bonacci lost 6-4, 7-5 at No. 2 doubles and the No. 3 doubles team of senior Vijay Policherla and freshman Jack Ninivaggi lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Lansing Catholic came into the match ranked No. 5.

Last weekend, Liggett competed in the Almont Invitational, but faced only Division 4 No. 8-ranked Ludington and Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central.

Mallires won his match, as did Sekhon and James Jurcak against Ludington.

Alan Jurcak and Bonacci split two matches, beating St. Mary CC and losing to Ludington and the team of Matt Ninivaggi and Kneiser also gained a split, defeating Ludington and losing to St. Mary CC.

Policherla and Jack Ninivaggi played well, winning both matches in straight sets.

As Liggett heads down the stretch, its record is 2-3-1.

Liggett hosts one of the oldest tennis tournaments in the nation Saturday, Sept. 29.

Eight teams are competing.