St. Charles Preparatory School tennis coach Tommy Freiburger has been waiting all season to see his team compete with Kyle Gerber at first singles. He anticipates his wait will end this week.

St. Charles Preparatory School tennis coach Tommy Freiburger has been waiting all season to see his team compete with Kyle Gerber at first singles. He anticipates his wait will end this week.

Gerber, a two-time Division I district qualifier, played first singles last season and was expected to do so again this season. But an off-the-court wrist injury sustained in the preseason kept the junior out of the lineup for the first five matches.

Gerber made his debut playing first doubles with Grant Dolven in a 5-0 loss to Upper Arlington on April 16. He remained paired with Dolven for the next three matches as well as the Worthington Cup last Saturday.

"We wanted to ease him into the lineup," Freiburger said. "We've had him playing first doubles and he's been doing a good job there, but I think he'll go back to first singles this week."

When Gerber was sidelined, the lineup primarily consisted of Tommy Murcko at first singles, Jack Toscano at second singles, Weston Niermeyer at third singles, Dolven and Jon Bowen at first doubles and Dan Hoffman and Will Ghidotti at second doubles.

"Not having Kyle in the lineup hurt," Freiburger said. "But the good that came out of it was that some freshmen got some playing time, got some experience when normally they probably wouldn't have."

The players who benefited most by Gerber's injury were Bowen and Niermeyer. Bowen, who lost his starting position at first doubles when Gerber returned to the lineup, likely won't see much playing time the remainder of the season. Niermeyer was expected to play first doubles before Gerber's injury and is expected to be paired with Dolven when Gerber is moved back to first singles.

Once Gerber is back at first singles, Murcko and Toscano are expected to drop down to second and third singles.

"We've taken a couple lumps," Freiburger said, referring to 5-0 losses to New Albany on April 12, Hilliard Davidson on April 14 and UA. "But overall, I think we've done pretty well without Kyle. But it will help us out a lot now that he's back. I think he's 100 percent (healthy). He just has a little bit of rust to knock off."

Gerber's anticipated return to first singles seemingly couldn't come at a better time. St. Charles plays host to two-time defending CCL champion DeSales today and travels to Watterson on Tuesday for its final league match.

The Cardinals, who haven't won the CCL championship since 2003, were the runners-up to the Stallions the last two seasons.

In both seasons, the Stallions beat the Cardinals 3-2.

"It's going to be tight," Freiburger said of the race for the CCL title. "It will be a great match against both teams. Both will be tight."

St. Charles was 2-0 in the CCL before playing Worthington Christian last Tuesday. It defeated Hartley 5-0 on April 22 and Ready 4-1 on April 24.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the St. Charles baseball, lacrosse, tennis, track and field and volleyball teams:

BASEBALL

*April 23 -- Defeated Ready 8-2

*Last Friday -- Lost to Hartley 11-2

Last Saturday -- Lost to Hamilton Township 7-6 in nine innings

*Last Monday -- Lost to Watterson 12-3

*Last Wednesday -- Played Worthington Christian

*Friday -- Home vs. DeSales. The Cardinals lost 7-1 on April 21.

Saturday -- At Westland (doubleheader)

*Monday -- Home vs. Ready

*Wednesday -- At Hartley

Of note: The Cardinals were 7-8 overall and 2-4 in the CCL before last Wednesday.

LACROSSE

April 23 -- Def. Hilliard Darby 8-3

Last Tuesday -- Played Westerville South

Today -- Home vs. Dublin Coffman

Saturday -- Home vs. Olentangy Liberty

Of note: The Cardinals were 3-6 before last Tuesday.

TENNIS

*April 22 -- Def. Hartley 5-0

April 23 -- Match against Gahanna postponed

*April 24 -- Def. Ready 4-1

Last Friday -- Def. Lancaster 4-1

Last Saturday -- Finished fifth (9) in 12-team Worthington Cup behind champion Worthington Kilbourne (13)

Last Monday -- Lost to Bexley 5-0

*Last Tuesday -- Played Worthington Christian

Last Wednesday -- Played Upper Arlington B

*Today -- Home vs. DeSales

Monday -- Home vs. Chillicothe

*Tuesday -- At Watterson

Of note: The Cardinals were 6-4 overall and 2-0 in CCL before last Tuesday.

TRACK & FIELD

Last Friday -- Finished second (71) in nine-team Russ Owen/Bexley Relays behind Bexley (78). The Cardinals won the discus relay (265-1) and the distance medley (8:30.4).

Friday-Saturday -- At Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State

VOLLEYBALL

April 23 -- Def. Watterson 25-11, 25-9, 23-25, 25-15

Last Saturday -- Def. UA 25-15, 25-21, 25-18; lost to Kilbourne 25-21, 25-13, 23-25, 25-23

Last Tuesday -- Played Dublin Coffman

Wednesday -- Home vs. Watterson

*CCL contest