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Hamburg High School's Undefeated Singles Players Lead Bulldogs to 9-0 Start in ECIC I

May 8, 2009 04:58 PM

When the Hamburg boys tennis team is playing its singles matches, there is some serious competition — to see which of the top three Bulldogs is the first one off the court. The question isn't if they'll win, but who will finish his match first. Hamburg's players are that good.

Matt Kane is in his senior year after winning the Section VI singles championship last season and he will play at Niagara University. His younger brother, Tim Kane, is well-known through local tennis circles as one of the best 12-year-old players in the country. David Yovanoff transferred to Hamburg from Eden this season after reaching the state tournament in singles last year and he'll play at Brandeis next year.

"It's a dream team that just fell into my lap," said Tim Grundtisch, who is in his 10th year coaching at Hamburg.

The trio nearly guarantees the Bulldogs a victory in every match. Matt Kane plays first singles, Yovanoff plays second and Tim Kane plays third.

Each is undefeated in nine ECIC I matches this season, helping the Bulldogs to first place and a 9-0 record.

"In Monday's matches, the trio displayed some serious shot-making. In a matter of seconds, Matt Kane powered in an intimidating serve, Yovanoff spun a backhander behind his opponent and Tim Kane unleashed one of several ground stroke winners.

While Matt Kane and Yovanoff were impressive with their power, the diminutive Tim Kane — who can't wear the T-shirt that is issued to the team because it hangs too big on him when he plays — delivered extremely impressive shots despite his youth and size.

The good news for Section VI singles players is that for the postseason, the Kanes will team up and form a doubles pairing. That's bad news for doubles teams throughout the state — the Kanes famously teamed to win the men's open doubles title in the Buffalo MUNY tournament last summer.

--By Keith McShea, Buffalo News Sports Reporter

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