Buzz saws ended the Grove City High School boys tennis team's season in a Division I sectional tournament May 14 at Pickerington Central.

Buzz saws ended the Grove City High School boys tennis team's season in a Division I sectional tournament May 14 at Pickerington Central.

Still, coach Ron Smith admired his team's persistence and was quick to point out the Greyhounds were just off the pace for a school-record number of wins.

Sophomore singles player Braeden Kennedy and the doubles team of seniors Antonio Marino and Angelo Snyder each got within one win of qualifying for the district tournament, but were shut out by top seeds.

Kennedy won his first two sectional matches before losing to Rohan Gupta of Worthington Kilbourne 6-0, 6-0. Marino and Snyder fell to Olentangy's Stu Brdicka and Kevin Miller by the same score.

"That's what you'll see when you get to (district-qualifying matches)," said Smith, whose team was 10-5 overall and 4-3 in the OCC-Ohio Division. "We played some good matches. We just ran into some tough players.

"We were right off the best record in school history. Two of the matches we lost were (by) 3-2 scores. A lot of these guys have only played for two years, but they came a long way."

Grove City's 2012 team went 12-4, setting school records for wins and best overall record.

Also in singles at sectional, senior Garrett Wise went 1-1 and senior Brandon Rivera was 0-1.

The doubles team of senior Tyler Weiskittle and sophomore Sam Bennett went 0-1.

Grove City placed fourth in the OCC-Ohio behind Pickerington North (7-0), Gahanna (6-1) and Central (5-2) and ahead of Lancaster (3-4), Groveport (2-5), Reynoldsburg (1-6) and Newark (0-7).

Comets' season ends at sectional

Central Crossing's doubles team of senior Jacob Cerino and junior John Price earned the Comets' only win in a Division I sectional at Upper Arlington, going 1-1 and falling short of qualifying for the district tournament.

Cerino and Price defeated Briggs' Trevor Browning and Lorenzo Diaz 6-2, 6-2 in the first round before losing to UA's Eric Hunter and Will Lahrmann 6-0, 6-0 in the second round.

Central Crossing has not had a district qualifier in the program's 13-season history.

No other Comets won a match at sectional.

Senior Kyle Deep and junior Paul Moskalyvk went 0-1 in singles, and the doubles team of seniors Nick Cobb and Maxim Meleshchuk also went 0-1.

The Comets went 2-11 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Central, finishing eighth behind UA (7-0), Dublin Coffman (6-1), Hilliard Davidson (5-2), Olentangy Liberty (4-3), Marysville (3-4), Thomas Worthington (2-5) and Westland (1-6).

"We progressed throughout the year," coach Dusty Rhodes said. "Our record did not reflect the improvements that were made. All of the guys worked hard and were dedicated to getting better. It was another fun year with a great group of respectful young men."