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Posted: 11/14/12

Tennis banquet highlights just
how successful team was this year

Observer Sports Writer
      There was a lot to celebrate when the Romeo High tennis team gathered with family and friends for its end of the year banquet at Addison Oaks on Thursday, Nov. 1.
       The Bulldogs swept their way through the competition in the MAC White division in 2012, going 7-0 on their way to the dual meet title, and then took the division tournament title a week later to complete the sweep.
       However, they weren't done just yet.
       At the Regional tournament, hosted by Romeo, the Bulldogs received just enough points (18) to qualify for the State Championships for the second time in three years.
       "We had to be perfect at Regionals in order to make it and the kids really came through," said Romeo Coach Mark Dubiel. "You have to get to 18 points and there was no room for error with all the talent there. Our mental attitude was terrific. We were down in some matches and fought our way back and won."
       Senior captain and number one singles player Alex Vedolich, who set a new school record with 123 wins, led the Bulldogs.
       "It's easy to look from the outside and see how the number one singles player on any team is their top winner, but really he had a tough match every time out,'' said Dubiel. "I mean, the number one player in the state is from the MAC (Eisenhower), so he had to earn those wins.''
       Freshman Michael Awe had a stellar year with 24 wins in 33 matches. Awe won five medals (three gold) and set a new school record for wins by a freshman and wins by a number four singles player.
       "Michael never really acted or played like a freshman,'' said Dubiel. "If he can keep improving, he could end with the career lead in wins before he is through.''
       Senior Tyler Bogdanski improved to 54-26 for his career with 20 wins in 31 matches this season. For his efforts, Bogdanski was an all-conference selection and won six medals, two gold.
       Doubles player Connor Kowalke, who won four medals and set a school record with 35 matches played in a single season, was second on the team with four comeback wins.
       Junior Jake Petz won 21 matches along with five medals, one gold and broke another school record for three set victories in a season
       Senior captain Andrew Reside finishes his career with 90 wins and a tied school record with five comeback wins.
       Senior captain Jacob Rumschlag had 118 career wins and was an all-conference selection this year.
       Senior Michael Steffens won four medals (one gold) this year and set a school record for most three-set matches played and won in a season.
       Senior Stefan Tumey was 21-9 this year and won five medals along the way.
       Senior Eddie Pollock won three medals this season and finishes his career with 61 varsity wins and 38 JV victories.
       Junior Jon Miller won three medals and set a school record with the most four doubles matches in one season.
       Junior Jacob Fulsher earned his first varsity win this season and won two medals,
       "It was a great year for the varsity and junior varsity teams,'' said Dubiel. "We're going to lose a lot of talent to graduation this year, so some of the younger kids are going to have to step up and take their place next season. One thing I know for sure is everyone is going to work hard to get better.''

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