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Friday, September 21, 2018

Rohn 4th at EPC tourney

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tennis Championships got underway last week at Freedom High School where Nick Rohn found himself on the brink of securing a spot in the No. 2 singles championships.

At the EPC tourney, Jeremy Lim received the fifth seed at No. 1 singles, coming into the tournament at 10-1. Alex Rohn captured the sixth seed at No. 2, with an 8-3 mark, while Nick Demjan was seeded fifth, finishing the year at 9-2.

Rohn made it to the semifinals of the EPC tourney by defeating Reggie Gesicho in the opening round, 6-1, and then upended third-seeded Nick Patron from Allentown Central Catholic, 8-2. That win put him in the semifinals against Liberty’s David Lynn last Friday. He lost to Lynn, catapulting him into the consolation bracket where he faced Parkland’s Ryan Guzman. He lost to Guzman and wound up finishing fourth among the No. 3 players.

It was the deepest that Rohn has gone as a singles player, underscoring his development as tennis player since he’s been with the varsity.

“It’s a big accomplishment for me because I really hope that tennis can be a part of my future,” said Rohn. “It’s very motivating for me.”

It’s been a busy postseason for the Zephyrs the last two weeks as the District 11 AAA doubles tournament began on Monday at Lehigh University. Rohn and Jeremy Lim teamed up as one of Whitehall’s entries in the District 11 3A Doubles Championships. They received a fifth seed in the tourney, while Zephyrs Erik Poon and Edward Harrich also made an appearance, drawing Parkland’s Alex Son and Ryan Guzman in the opening round.

It was the first time Rohn and Jeremy Lim have been paired together this season. They previously played last year in the district tournament as well, making it to the quarterfinals before being eliminated. Rohn said that the two complement one another, with Jeremy possessing a strong baseline game, while Rohn can power home points from the net. They both possess excellent serves, with Rohn’s rockets handcuffing the Blue Eagle duo of Brian Smith and Connor Willans on a number of occasions in their Monday match. In the opening round, they defeated Emmaus’ Grant Haffner and Kevin Ge. That set the stage for the match against the Eagles later in the afternoon.

The pair won the first set 6-3. Rohn said that they started slowly, but picked it up and “started playing our normal game.” They consistently made shots in the second set to advance to the quarterfinals at Saucon Valley.

Rohn said that they have good chemistry together and that playing with one another doesn’t present any problems.

“We just fuse together pretty well,” said Rohn. “He’s a fantastic baseline player, and he sets me up for the net every time. It works out almost every time.”

In the EPC tourney, Jeremy Lim won his first-round match against Freedom’s Justin Szaro, but couldn’t get past Parkland’s Son in the quarterfinals.

Edward Harrich and Erik Poon received the best seed among the Zephyr hopefuls at the EPC, climbing to the third spot at No. 2 doubles by virtue of their 10-1 record. Daniel Lim and Aidan Gilboy were the sixteenth seed at No. 3 doubles, while Josh Mallory and Stephen Swiezak captured the fifth seed at No. 4 doubles.

Demjan won his opening match against Caleb Grassi from Pocono Mountain East, but failed to advance further, losing to Nazareth’s Nick Mitchell in the quarters.

Poon and Harrich won their opening match as well, but succumbed to the Parkland duo of Jonah Grob and Ankit Lenka in the quarterfinal round.

Mallory and Swiezak also advanced to the next round after winning their first match against Dieruff’s Chris Balbuena and Cisco Rivera. In the quarterfinals, they fell to ACC’s Shaun Coulter and Cameron Partridge.

In the District XI 2018 3A Team Championships that were held on April 30, Whitehall lost 5-0 to eventual champs Liberty. Last year they were able to advance to the quarterfinals after defeating Stroudsburg, but this year they drew a tough opening match against the determined ‘Canes.