In the second battle of big cats the Lions came out on top again Monday, beating Chagrin Falls by the narrowest of margins 3-2. The Lions got off to a hot start, winning the first set on four out of five courts. Soon after, straight set victories followed for Freshman Gabi Kalir at #3 singles and the first doubles tandem of brothers Josh Nwaozuzu (Senior) and Chika Nowaozuzu (Freshman). With two points quickly on the board the Lions needed one more point to secure victory.
That match winning point came from Sophomore Krish Mehra at #2 singles, who avenged a loss from earlier in the season against Tigers Senior and defending State Qualifier Jackson Quinn. Mehra received player of the match honors for the signature win of his young high school career by a 6-4, 6-4 count.
With the win in hand the Lions could sit back and enjoy the epic battle ensuing on court #1 where Sophomore Ben Pomeranets had defending State Champion Andrew Zimcosky on the ropes. As time went on Zimcosky clawed his way back into the match and prevailed 1-6, 7-5, 6-4. Chagrin also won a hard fought decision at #2 doubles by a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 score to make the final count 3-2 in Orange’s favor.
With the win Orange moves to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in CVC play. The Lions will need a fast rebound as they hit the road Tuesday for a clash with the best team in the region, the University School Preppers.