Weekly Feature



2017-04-19 / Sports

Gewurz leads South boys tennis team

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter


Williamsville South senior Zach Gewurz returns a shot at first singles during the Billies’ 5-0 loss against Williamsville East April 5 at the Clearfield Recreation Center. Gewurz is a five-year starter and is back for his third year at first singles. Gewurz is also a team captain. 
Photo by Jim SmerecakPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Williamsville South senior Zach Gewurz returns a shot at first singles during the Billies’ 5-0 loss against Williamsville East April 5 at the Clearfield Recreation Center. Gewurz is a five-year starter and is back for his third year at first singles. Gewurz is also a team captain. Photo by Jim SmerecakPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com A mainstay in the Williamsville South boys tennis team’s lineup returns for his senior year.

Zach Gewurz, a five-year starter between doubles and singles, returns for the third consecutive year at first singles.

Last spring Gewurz finished 8-2 in ECIC Division II and 11-4 overall, and placed third at ECICs and lost in the sectional quarterfinals. Gewurz is team captains with junior Josh Hong, who plays at first doubles.

South coach Paul Gennuso said Gewurz’s goal this season is to at least reach the section semifinals.

“Zach has been a pleasure to coach,” Gennuso said. “He is a solid captain and leader, and always plays hard with good sportsmanship.”

Eighth-grader Aiden O’Donnell and sophomore Jack Schultz are penciled in at second and third singles, respectively, but Gennuso said both may flip-flop positions during the season because their play is very close.

Hong plays first doubles with sophomore Jon Vitka. Sophomore Mateo Gonzalez and eighth-grader Joe Gruber play at second doubles.

Gennuso said O’Donnell and Gruber will likely show much improvement by the end of the season, as this is their first big dose of match play against high school competition.

“They both show good potential for the coming years,” Gennuso said.

South finished 5-5 and took third in ECIC II last spring. Finishing with a .500 record should be the goal this year, Genusso said.

“The division should be very close with a lot of close matches for all of the teams,” Genusso said. “Amherst is new to the division this year. Williamsville East will most likely be the team to beat.”

South lost its season opener against Williamsville East, 5-0, April 5 at the Clearfield Tennis Courts.

Gewurz lost 3-6, 6-3, 3-6 at first singles.

All of the Billies’ matches will be on the road due to their courts getting replaced.

South’s home matches will be played at Williamsville North.

South faces Lake Shore at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday and Williamsville East at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Williamsville North, and travels to Iroquois at 4:45 p.m. Friday.

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