Short memory helps Maine South's Trivanovic net first title

Senior rules No. 2 singles flight at Hawk Invitational

By Danny Hazan
April 13, 2013 04:14 PM

Maine South senior tennis player Dragan Trivanovic will remember his championship in the No. 2 singles flight at the eight-team Maine South Hawk Invitational since it is his first tourney title of his high school career.

But to get it, he had to be forgetful.

Whether it was the cold and crisp temperature, or a first-set collapse in the semifinals, Trivanovic remained focused on his task before ultimately beating top seed Andrew Golota of Loyola 6-3, 6-4 in the finals. 

“He’s a really great player, and he was trying to go for a lot more,” Trivanovic said. “I just played off his mistakes and I was more consistent. I kept getting my first serve in, which was important. I still have to work on my volleys and approach shots, but I liked my consistency cross-court and down the line with my groundstrokes. I also didn’t have a double fault in that match, so I’m really happy with how I did. I feel very happy because I won for my school – I just competed, that’s all.”

Trivanovic’s first-place finish helped the Hawks place fifth (10.5 team points) behind team champion York (25), runner-up Loyola (23), third-place Jacobs (21) and fourth-place Rolling Meadows (19).

Niles West (4.5) finished seventh and Maine West (0.5) was eighth.

Before topping Golota, Trivanovic went up 4-0 in the first set of the semifinals against York’s Brendan Peterson but ended up losing 4-6. However, he bounced back to win 6-0, 10-8.

“I got out of it a little,” Trivanovic said of the first set against Peterson. “In the second set, I just let go and told myself that didn’t happen. I had to start over. In the second set, I kept my cool and took every point individually.”

Trivanovic began the cloudy day early with a 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) first-round victory over Rolling Meadows’ Marvin Lopez and put the less-than-ideal tennis weather out of his mind to set the tone for the remainder of the tourney. 

“It definitely is a factor in matches, but you can’t complain about it and just play your game,” Trivanovic said. “You have to work on your footwork and be quicker in the cold weather or when it’s windy out. You just have to ignore it.”

Maine South senior Patrick Daleiden bounced back from a first-round loss to Jacobs to beat Maine West’s Geurgi Stoitzev 6-4, 7-5 but lost to Batavia 6-0, 6-3 in the fifth-place match at No. 1 singles. 

Daleiden and Trivanovic return as the Hawks’ top two singles players from a season ago, and Maine South coach Greg Young thinks both have the chance to become first-time state qualifiers this year as they continue to improve their games. 

"We’re hopeful that they’ll have a shot at qualifying for state this year,” Young said. “We’re in a different sectional this year, so I think they have a chance either at singles or doubles. They’ve been on varsity since sophomore year, and I think they have a legitimate chance so they’re excited about that.

“Dragan, in particular, has really improved his overall game – he can serve and volley, and hit from the baseline. Patrick is reworking his backhand right now, but he’s got a really strong serve and a really solid forehand. He also can play the whole court and doubles as well as singles. They aren’t afraid to serve and come in to win points at the net, and I think that’s made a big difference for both of them.”

Maine South’s No. 3 doubles tandem of Frank Lally and Ryan Curry placed fifth with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Batavia. Following a first-round defeat, Lally and Curry beat Niles West’s Jay Elengical and David Park 2-6, 6-1, 10-7 in the consolation semis. 

Hawks seniors Nathan Pinsky and Tom Plazeck placed seventh at No. 2 doubles. 

Niles West was led by Jeremy Berggman and Stephen Kaatz, who finished fifth at No. 2 doubles, while Robert Marohn and Persy Cabal placed sixth at No. 1 doubles. Elengical and Park defeated Maine West’s Jason John and Austin Peyton in the seventh-place match at No. 3 doubles.

Niles West sophomore Jesse Sacks defeated Stoitzev 6-0, 6-3 in the seventh-place match at No. 1 singles, and freshman Dan Weiss finished seventh at No. 2 singles following a default. 

Maine West’s Dominic Budzik and Patrick Czuj finished seventh at No. 1 doubles.