Bryan tennis wins NW Ohio doubles tourney title

Photo courtesy of Mitchell Owens

Bryan’s boys tennis team captured the Northwest Ohio Doubles Tournament championship on Saturday at Bryan High School. Pictured are (from left) Caleb McCashen, Aiden Andrews, Jay Fortner, Carter Brown, Craig Jackson, Nathan Hess, Sam Kennedy and Micah McCashen.

Bryan’s boys tennis team finished first in each doubles bracket, including three head-to-head victories against Maumee Valley Country Day, to win the four-team Northwest Ohio Doubles Tournament on Saturday at Bryan High School.

Bryan finished with 16 points, while Maumee Valley Country Day was second with 11. Wauseon was third with eight points and Defiance fourth with five.

Jay Fortner and Carter Brown, the top two singles players for the Golden Bears, teamed up to win the No. 1 doubles bracket. The Bryan duo knocked off Maumee Valley Country Day’s Bradford Koles and Gustavo Caillaux in the championship match.

At No. 2 doubles, Bryan’s Craig Jackson and Nathan Hess topped Wauseon’s Noah Becker and Carson Wenger in the finals, while the Golden Bears’ Aiden Andrews and Caleb McCashen beat Maumee Valley Country Day’s Harshil Patel and Sami Ridi to win at No. 3 doubles.

Micah McCashen and Sam Kennedy teamed up to win the No. 4 doubles bracket for Bryan as they topped Somesh Saini and Vitu Zhu of Maumee Valley Country Day in the finals.

“It came down to the championship matches,” Bryan coach Mitchell Owens said. “If we lost those matches, Maumee Valley is taking home the trophy. Our boys played great under pressure today.”

The Golden Bears will return the the courts Monday with pair of home matches. Bryan will face Ayersville at 4 p.m. and Rossford at 5:30.

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