Lexington Doubles Teams Set Up Potential District Final Rematch

Top-seeded doubles team Dylan Catanese and Ethan Remy defeated teammates Karl Etzel and Owan Gongwer 6-0, 6-1 in the Division II sectional tournament finals. The loss sets the stage for a potential rematch in the upcoming district finals, where Etzel and Gongwer aim to exact revenge.

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Lexington Doubles Teams Set Up Potential District Final Rematch

Lexington Doubles Teams Set Up Potential District Final Rematch

In the Division II sectional tournament finals in Lexington, Ohio, the top-seeded doubles team of Dylan Catanese and Ethan Remy defeated their Lexington teammates Karl Etzel and Owan Gongwer with a dominant score of 6-0, 6-1. This sets the stage for a potential rematch between the two teams in the upcoming district finals, where history has shown that the sectional runners-up often exact revenge and claim the district title.

Karl Etzel, a senior, is no stranger to what he calls "The Curse," where the team that loses in the sectional finals flips the script and emerges victorious in the district tournament. Etzel has been on both sides of this phenomenon, and he believes that the loss in the sectional finals could be a good omen for their chances in the district tournament. "I'm bringing the curse back," Etzel declared confidently.

In the past two years, Lexington has produced both doubles teams that reached the sectional and district finals, with the sectional runners-up ultimately winning the district title. Catanese and Remy, the top-seeded team, have been nearly unstoppable in the sectional tournament, losing only two games in four matches. "Our serves have been really good, and his groundstrokes and my volleys make for a good combination," Catanese said, highlighting their strengths on the court.

Despite the loss in the finals, Etzel and Gongwer had been dominant leading up to that match, losing only three games in their first three matches. They had a game plan but struggled to execute it against the strong returns of Remy, which pinned them deep and allowed Catanese to poach off their shots. "We had a game plan, but couldn't stick with it, so it was a bad day for us," Etzel admitted.

Looking ahead to the district tournament, which will take place on Thursday and Saturday in Port Clinton, Etzel believes that all four district qualifying doubles teams from Lexington have the potential to advance to the state tournament at the College of Wooster. Remy and Catanese aim to make it to the second day of the state tournament, which would secure them first-team All-Ohio honors. "We've just got to stay focused... and not look too far ahead," Remy emphasized, maintaining a level-headed approach to the upcoming challenges.

As the Lexington doubles teams prepare for the district tournament, the stage is set for a thrilling rematch between Catanese and Remy and their teammates Etzel and Gongwer. With the sectional finals loss fresh in their minds, Etzel and Gongwer will be determined to turn the tables and claim the district title. The upcoming matches promise to showcase high-level tennis and the fierce competition within the Lexington team.

Key Takeaways

  • Dylan Catanese and Ethan Remy win sectional doubles title with 6-0, 6-1 victory.
  • Karl Etzel and Owan Gongwer aim to exact revenge in district finals, citing "The Curse".
  • In past 2 years, sectional runners-up have won district title in Lexington.
  • All 4 Lexington doubles teams qualify for district tournament in Port Clinton.
  • Catanese and Remy aim for 2nd day of state tournament to secure 1st-team All-Ohio honors.