The Varsity Tennis team enjoyed a successful team season in which they finished the regular season 20-3. During the OHSAA Tournament they qualified 6 members for the District Tournament (2 singles and 2 doubles teams) and then qualified a singles player, senior Andrew Niehaus, and a doubles team, senior Waqas Tanveer and junior Peter Schulteis, for the OHSAA Division I State Tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, OH.
Niehaus opened play on Friday morning at 9:00 am for his 1st round match against Cleveland St. Ignatius junior Josh Hsia. He won the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. Tanveer and Schulteis took to the court around 11:45 am on Friday for their 1st round match against a sophomore team from Toledo St. John's Jesuit, Dev Laungani and Akhil Katragadda. They won the match in straight sets by a score of 6-2, 6-0.
Niehaus played his 2nd round match vs. junior Paul Gota from Hunting Valley University School and won a tightly contested 1st set by a score of 7-5. He dropped the second set to Gota by a score of 1-6 but battled back and earned his way to the semi finals with a third set victory of 6-2. Tanveer and Schulteis took on a very good freshman team from New Albany HS, Robert Cash and Joel Jose, in their second round doubles match. They played tough in the first set forcing a tiebreaker but would not win a point from then on. They lost in straight sets 7-6 (7-0), 6-0 to be eliminated from the tournament. Cash and Jose ended up finishing 3rd in the State.
On Saturday, Niehaus took to the court for his semi final match against the 2015 Singles State Champion from Massillon Jackson, Joey Thomas. Niehaus dropped the first set by a score of 2-6 but battled back and won the 2nd set by a score of 6-3. Unfortunately, the third set went Thomas' way by a score of 6-2. Thomas went on to win the Division I Singles State Championship. Niehaus played in the 3rd place match against senior Jake Zalenski from Massillon Jackson as well but dropped that match in 3 sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
After qualifying for the State Singles Tournament since his Sophomore season and finishing 4th this year, Andrew will go down as one of the best players to go thru St. Xavier HS.