TUESDAY TENNIS: Southington squads both stay undefeated; Maloney & Platt girls triumph; LH sweeps & Sheehan girls swat Hornets

TUESDAY TENNIS: Southington squads both stay undefeated; Maloney & Platt girls triumph; LH sweeps & Sheehan girls swat Hornets



Record-Journal staff

SOUTHINGTON — This town is home to two undefeated tennis teams after coach Tony Mauro’s boys squad and coach Robin Thompson’s girls club both chalked up CCC road victories on Tuesday.

The boys downed Newington 6-1 to improve to 5-0, while the Lady Knights KO’d New Britain 7-0 to move to 6-0.

The latter match did see a two-hour battle at No. 3 singles, where Southington’s Chantelle Gimenez recorded a dramatic 1-6, 7-5, 10-7 come-from-behind victory over New Britain’s Jennifer Ketkeoasmy. Gimenez trailed 4-1 in the second set before rallying to win six of the next seven games and then claiming the super-tiebreaker.

Other singles winners for the Southington girls were No. 1 Abby Murphy (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Joelle Stublarec (6-4, 6-2) and No. 4 Jillian Watson (6-4, 6-4).

In doubles, Kate Hardy and Isa Miani teamed for a 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) win at No. 1, while Gianna Wadowski and Avery Korp cruised 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2.

The best doubles match came at No. 3. Southington’s Riley Tindall and Ali Bruce prevailed 6-0, 4-6, 10-7.

In the boys match, Matt Balaoing took No. 1 singles for Southington 6-0, 6-2 and the tandem of Nate Zmarlicki and Tyler Heidgerd captured No. 1 doubles 6-2, 6-3.

The Blue Knights got additional singles wins from No. 3 Andrew Kudla (6-2, 6-1) and No. 4 Kyle Narowol (6-0, 6-3).

Kade Savino and Adam Kosko teamed for a 6-0, 6-3 decision at No. 2 doubles. Mike Kwok and Jacob Sutton were 6-2, 6-2 winners at No. 3.

Boys tennis

Lyman Hall 5, Jonathan Law 2: A sweep of doubles earned the Trojans (5-5) the SCC victory over the Lawmen (3-3) at Doolittle Park.

Lyman Hall won all three matches in straight sets: No. 1 Jared Cervero and Jake Lynn (6-3, 6-0); No. 2 Evan Smith and Brian Fernando (7-5, 6-1) and No. 3 Brady Campbell and Jackson Mailhot (6-1, 6-1).

At singles, Lyman Hall’s Corey Flynn dominated the No. 1 match 6-0, 6-0. Alexa Zelaya was a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 winner at No. 4.

Cheshire 7, Wilbur Cross 0: The Rams improved to 5-2 with the SCC shutout in Cheshire.

Yasin Tarabar, Josh Goldstein, Keith Arneson and Jacob Yale had the singles wins.

Girls tennis

Maloney 7, Bloomfield 0: The Spartans swept six of the seven matches to record the CCC interdivisional victory in Bloomfield that puts them at 4-2.

No. 1 Madison Clancy, No. 3 Aryana Agli and No. 4 Kaitlyn Valentine all won 6-0, 6-0. So did the doubles slate of No. 1 Abby and Haley Lespier, No. 2 Julia Owen and Samantha Pirruccio and No. 3 Emily Rhee and Nancy Nguyen.

Alissa Hoffman was a 6-2, 6-1 winner at No. 2 singles.

Platt 4, East Hartford 3: A three-set victory at No. 2 doubles was decisive for the Panthers, who edged the Hornets in a CCC interdivisional match in Meriden.

Anani Gutierrez and Elizabeth Wozniak pulled away in the super-tiebreaker to take the No. 2 match 7-5, 3-6, 10-3 and wrap up the overall contest.

Platt’s Rheanna Hastings also prevailed in a close battle. She captured No. 2 singles 7-5, 7-5.

Julia Misner claimed No. 1 singles for the Panthers 6-2, 7-6 (7-1). Eda Ahiskalioglu and Tatyana Maldonado teamed for a 6-1, 6-1 triumph at No. 3 doubles.

Lyman Hall 5, Hamden 2: The Trojans shook a four-match slide and improved to 7-4 with the SCC victory in Hamden.

Like the boys team, the girls split singles and swept doubles. Maddie Kizer pitched a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 3 singles, while Kiera Farley was a 6-1  6-2 winner at No. 4.

The No. 1 doubles team of Nicole Nicefaro and Abbey Pallas continued its strong spring with a 6-2  6-1 triumph. Bianca Vega and Liv Vegliante teamed for a 6-4  6-4 decision at No. 2. Keertana Chagari and Abby Murphy chalked up a 6-0  6-3 decision at No. 3.

Sheehan 5, Branford 2: The Titans evened their record at 4-4 with a SCC conquest of the Hornets at home.

No. 1 Srivani Agnihotram (6-1, 6-3), No. 2 Grace Waldron (6-1, 6-1) and No. 3 Allyssa Cassella (6-4, 6-4) collected straight-set wins for the Titans.

Sheehan also earned a pair of three-set wins in doubles. Shreya Patel and Crystal Gallagher won a 7-5, 6-7, 10-8 thriller at No. 1. Olivia Robles and Jordyn Allen rallied 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2.


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