Champs again!

Tom Batters
Metamora High School boys tennis coach Kelly Willard talks to senior Petr Vesely in between games at the Mid-Illini Conference tournament Friday at Bradley University. When play resumed Monday, Vesely won the No. 2 singles title.

Somebody must have forgotten to tell Morton’s Jonah Laktas and Taylor Nave that Metamora had already won the Mid-Illini Conference tennis tournament.

Playing in the last match of the day Monday, with the team standings already decided, Laktas and Nave defeated Metamora’s Christoph Goettler and Tyler Ngo in a hard-fought third set tiebreaker to win the No. 2 doubles title.

Metamora coach Kelly Willard was impressed.

“That is one great doubles team,” he said. “Laktas is a doubles stud, and Nave is a very good player. Christoph and Tyler played really well. They just got beat by a better team.”

Metamora won the team title (it’s fifth straight) with 26 points. Morton finished second with 22 points.

By the time the No. 2 doubles match reached its deciding third set, all the other matches were finished and the remaining fans turned their attention to that center court.

Laktas and Nave won the first set in a tiebreaker, lost the second set 6-2, and won the third set in another tiebreaker.

Metamora freshman Will Koehrsen defeated Morton freshman Grant Reiman 6-4, 6-1 for the No. 1 singles title earlier in the day.

That match was suspended on Friday due to rain (with Koehrsen leading 5-1 in the first set).

When play resumed Monday, Reiman won the first two games to get it to 5-4, but Koehrsen broke Reiman’s serve to clinch the first set.

Koehrsen got off to a quick 3-0 lead in the second set and held his serve in the final game to win the title.

“That should be a nice rivalry for a few years to come,” Willard said. “They are both terrific players. They don’t play like freshmen, that’s for sure.”

In No. 2 singles, Metamora senior Petr Vesely, a foreign exchange student from the Czech Republic, defeated Morton freshman Trent Reiman 6-1, 6-2 for the title.

Metamora’s No. 1 doubles team of Mitchell Nguyen and Quinn Vaughn won the title with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Morton’s Calen Crim and Wes Crandall.

Metamora, which finished the season with a 22-1 dual match record (unbeaten in the Mid-Illini) won the tournament with six players who did not participate in the tournament a year ago.

“There were a lot of young players out there, on both sides, but everybody played good, competitive tennis,” Willard said.

See the May 25 edition of the woodford Times for more coverage of the M-I tournament and the Richwoods Sectional.