Sometimes it seems as if there’s just not enough of Rainier Soetanto to go around.
A senior tennis player for Twinsburg, Soetanto won’t win any state championships this spring in tennis. That’s no knock on his ability.
It’s not about that for Soetanto.
One of the school’s top student-athletes, Soetanto is not one to rest on his laurels. He may not be a superstar in everything he does, but no one can say that Soetanto is shy about getting involved and working hard.
Soetanto is a returning tennis player from a year ago for Michael Porinchak’s boys’ squad.
Although he plays at the number one singles slot for the Tigers, that doesn’t mean he will have a great win-loss record this season.
Like many first singles players in the area, Soetanto will face an array of talented players and could lose more matches than he wins. That’s part of the game when it comes to first singles tennis at the high school level.
“Rainier our number one singles player and he is playing really well,” said Porinchak. “He is one of the smartest kids in the school and is applying to get into a military academy. Rainier works so hard despite having so much going on with school, tennis, soccer and all sorts of clubs he is involved in. ”
Porinchak isn’t often easily impressed, but the 15-year veteran coach loves how engaged Soetanto is – on and off the tennis courts.
As for tennis, Porinchak likes how Soetanto handles the mental and physical pressures on the court.
“Rainier continues to play really well at first singles,” explained his coach. “He knew coming into this season how difficult that position would be. He has the toughest task each and every match when he faces the top player from the opposing school. ”
“It’s not easy mentally or physically to face such tough competition day in and out, but Rainier handles it so well and takes it in stride,” Porinchak pointed out.
Twinsburg lost 5-0 to powerful league rival Hudson April 14.
Gifted Hudson freshman Henrique Sa posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory at first singles over Soetanto.
“It may not show up on paper, but Rainier is playing really well,” said Porinchak. “I couldn’t be proud of him.”
Hudson’s Charlie Yurak won a tough second singles match against Twinsburg senior Pranav Duvvuri, who played extremely well in the 7-5, 6-3 loss. At third singles, freshman Jesse Grum fell 6-3, 6-3 to Vince Petrucelli.
Twinsburg’s senior duo of Nick Piccolo and Siddh Jhaveri also played strong at first doubles where they were edged 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 by Hudson’s team of Nick Pineau and Ryan Pappano.
Two other Tigers – senior Owen Burgess and freshman Rob Prevette, lost at second doubles 6-3, 6-4.
“We had tough (Suburban League) losses to Hudson and Brecksville, but we competed well,” offered Porinchak.
“We knew they would be very challenging matches,” he added. “We continue to gain a valuable experience even in losses. It will pay off later and the players know that. ”
The 5-0 loss to Brecksville came the day before the Hudson match. Twinsburg is 1-2 in league action.
Twinsburg (3-5 overall) had some close scores in doubles action. Piccolo and Jhaveri lost 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 at first doubles while Burgess and Prevette dropped a 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 decision at second doubles. Soetanto lost 6-2, 6-1, Duvvuri fell 6-1, 6-3 and Grum lost 6-3, 6-4 in singles action.
Porinchak saw his squad post a 4-1 non-league victory over Cuyahoga Falls on April 12.
Soetanto fell 6-2, 6-2 to Black Tiger four-year senior Tyler Cargould.
Duvvuri won 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 at second singles over another four-year Falls player in Zach Barnes.
At second doubles, seniors Jack Rosenthal and Raghav Kasilbhatia registered a big win of 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
The first doubles tandem of Piccolo and Prevette were 7-6, 4-6, 7-5 victors. Grum had a big 6-1, 6-0 third singles victory for the Tigers.