There are a dozen people cheering and yelling into a glass barrier overlooking
a span of six identical tennis courts. The people in the dome cannot hear them,
but some flit their eyes over the glass to see their frantic hand waving and
clapping. On court 1, the two doubles teams are shaking hands, one pair in gray
and orange with frowns, the other in bright blue and smiling. Foreign exchange
student Cedric Diemand and senior Connor Diemand-Yauman have just defeated Brush’s
second doubles team to become the first West Geauga players to go to districts
in the school’s history. The screaming people are the rest of the West
G team and some of their biggest fans.
That scene is the climax of this year’s tennis sectional tournament, the first precursor to the final State tournament. Cedi and Connor won four of the five matches they played (the first three in a row, losing only to the first seated Shaker Heights doubles team), and effectively made it out of Sectionals and to the next level of competition. However, their success is the most exciting and impressive of the tennis victories this season, but certainly not the only one. Overall, the Varsity team (Consisting of Seniors Alex Davis, Connor Diemand-Yauman, Rex Poe and Kevin Gniasdowski, Junior Dave Schindler, Sophomores Marty Shea and Micheal Douglas, freshman David Shaub, and (the Swiss) Cedric Diemand alternating to fill seven spaces) boasts an impressive winning record of 11 and 15. Most players on the Varsity team also have individual winning records, most notably Cedi, who lost only one match in the regular season. Continuing the trend of the last four years, it’s been another great season for the Tennis team.
As far as tournaments go, the team had varied success. For West G, the CVC tournament had been re-arranged this year to only include the top 5 teams: Orange, Chagrin Falls, Kenston, West Geauga and Aurora. West Geauga placed a disappointing 5th, but most players assert that they played their best, and the competition was also on the top of their game. At Sectionals, Alex Davis, Kevin Gnias. and the second doubles team of Michael Douglas and David Shaub got knocked out in the second round, and Rex Poe in the third. But the players who had the most pressure placed on them to succeed did, and the entire team (and the team’s biggest fan senior Brittany Wright) supported Connor and Cedric during their exhausting 5 match tournament, strung out over three straight days due to rain delay and lack of enough indoor courts. Districts, which took place last Wednesday, ended the season for Connor and Cedi. They lost a tough match against Hudson, but no one seems to be disappointed.
On the season, Varsity coach and Government teacher Mr. Rogge said, “We had a better season than I could have ever hoped. Every single member of the team has worked hard all season, and to have [Connor and Cedric] make it to districts was a great ending to a great season. Connor had this to say about districts: “It feels great that I can share this distinction with not only my cousin but also my very good friend. I just hope I was a valuable member of the Diemand doubles team at our match at districts.” Alex Davis, who played Varsity for four years, said, “I can’t believe my high school tennis career is coming to end. Sometimes I still feel like the new kid on the team. Playing tennis is one of the best things I’ve done during high school, and I hope that the team continues to play well in the coming seasons.”