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Marmion boys tennis runners-up at Geneva Invitational

GENEVA – The Geneva Boys Tennis Invitational came down to the last doubles match of the day Saturday, featuring Marmion and Lincoln-Way East.  

After three tightly contested sets, Lincoln-Way East prevailed over the Cadets with scores of 6-1, 3-6 and 7-5 to seal the tournament win for Lincoln-Way East.

Marmion took second overall, and coach John Tsang was pleased with his team's effort.

“I was very encouraged of what I saw today,” Tsang said. "You know [there is] still a lot of room for improvement, but I think we had a very strong showing today.”

The Cadets’ John King finished third in No. 1 singles and Dave Demoll took the title at No. 2 singles.

St. Charles East finished third overall behind the efforts of senior standout Jasper Koenen. Koenen cruised through the bracket and took first in No. 1 singles. He reached win No. 94 in his career and is eyeing a round number.

“My first goal of the season is get to 100 wins,” Koenen said, “I got my eyes on 100 wins for East and then conference, sectionals then on to state, so yeah I am excited for the rest of the season.”

The Saints' Connor Anderson and Colin Jones placed second in No. 2 doubles. Coach Rob Livermore was looking forward to the upcoming challenges.

“The next big hurdle would be some conference matches that we have coming up against Geneva and Batavia,” said Livermore, “and we have our home tournament, so we will be looking forward to that on next Saturday.”

The host of the tournament, Geneva, took fourth overall and had both its No. 1 (John Potts, Ryan Doeckel) and No. 2 (Brad Burgess, Nick Simone) doubles teams finish third. Oswego, Crystal Lake Central and DeKalb took fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

The tournament was split between two locations. Singles play was held at Geneva High School, while the doubles was at St. Charles East.

Conference tournaments are still weeks away, but Tsang thinks that tournaments like these test his players.

“With this tournament I think there is a lot of confidence that was built,” Tsang said. "You got to play good competition to know where you’re at.”

Marmion next turns its attention Tuesday to a match against rival Aurora Central Catholic.

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