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          Smetona's workouts work out

          Joseph Kachovec

          Issue date: 4/16/10 Section: Sports
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          The lone senior on the men's tennis team, John Smetona, has been setting an example for the team's younger players all season by putting in extra hours of work outside of practice. Some of the underclassmen have started to follow his lead by copying his workouts. For Smetona and the Spartans, the extra work showed in Saturday's win over Grove City College.

          On the men's side, the Spartans dominated Grove City, winning every match in a 9-0 victory.

          The Lady Spartans also trounced their Grove City opponents, winning 8-1. For the women, the combined singles score was 81-43 and the combined doubles score was 24-10, with the Spartans having the edge in both categories.

          Smetona was the day's biggest story. He played in his final home match for the Spartans. Before the match, tribute was paid to Smetona, who has been a part of the tennis program for four years and has stepped up as a leader to the very young men's team.

          "It was a great way to send out our senior, John Smetona, on senior day. We gave a short speech about him and gave him some gifts for his four years of dedication," said coach Todd Wojtkowski.

          In singles play, the men won with a combined score of 67-24. Every player had a solid outing. Even the two closest matches were solid wins for the Spartans, as Kyle Gerber defeated Peter Davis of Grove City, 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 2 spot. The Spartans' Alex Solove beat Grove City's Scott Yanak, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 in the No. 6 spot. Outside of those two matches, no Grove City men's player scored over three points combined in their match. The Spartans continued to dominate in doubles play. They won all three matches with a combined score of 24-10.

          In Smetona's last home match, he beat Grove City's Ricky Garrett, 6-1, 6-1.

          "He (Smetona) played one of his best matches of the year to win against Grove City," sad Wojtkowski.
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