FRIDAY TENNIS: Maloney girls ride improbable doubles comeback past New Britain

FRIDAY TENNIS: Maloney girls ride improbable doubles comeback past New Britain

NEW BRITAIN — All eyes were upon the No. 2 doubles match.

The girls from Maloney and New Britain were deadlocked and the other six matches were in the books as Diana Nunez and Leah Laurenza tried to stage an improbable comeback for the Spartans.

Trailing by two points in a tiebreaker that would settle their match and the team result, Nunez and Laurenza rallied to run off the last three points Friday as Maloney eked out a 4-3 win over the previously unbeaten Golden Hurricanes in a CCC South crossover at the New Britain nets.

“This is one that I figured was going to be fairly tough for us,” Maloney coach Tim Sweigard said. “I saw that they beat Bristol Eastern, and Eastern almost always won our division when we together in the CCC South. It cold have gone either way, but I’m glad to be on the winning side.”

Nunez and Larenza won their match 0-6, 6-4, 11-9.

“In the first set they were making errors all over the place,” Sweigard said. “I told them they had to do better and they tightened it up.”

Domonique Carnot went to a second-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles and came away with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) win. Katherine Longworth won the No. 2 match 6-3, 6-1 and Brianna Gratta won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3.

New Britain is 5-1.

Southington 7, Bulkeley 0: The Blue Knights swept in straight sets in a CCC Central crossover in Hartford to improve to 7-1.

No. 2 Natalia Gimenez, No. 3 Kristen Mathew and No. 4 Abby Roy all won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0.

So did the doubles teams of No. 1 Sam Lohneiss/Kayla Kavanagh and No. 2 Molly Murphy/Carolyn Callahan.

The best match of the day was at No. 1 singles, where Angela Balaoing posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory. Coral Tommervik and Sam Barmore were 6-1, 6-0 winners at No. 3 doubles.

Bulkeley is 0-5.

Amity 6, Sheehan 1: Justine Hoover recorded the lone victory of the day for the Titans, beating Victoria Li 7-6, 7-6 at No. 1 singles.

The SCC loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Sheehan, which fell to 7-3.


Lyman Hall 4, Career 3: Trailing in the first set, Fred Torres and Sam Duarte rallied to win No. 2 doubles 7-6, 6-1 to earn the Trojans the SCC victory in Wallingford.

The Trojans also got a 6-2, 6-2 decision from the No. 3 team of Logan Metzger and Zach Marchi-Guasp.

In singles action, Kyle Bonet was a 6-3, 6-1 winner at No. 3. Jack Gaynor registered a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 4.

LH improved to 3-6. Career fell to 2-6.

Amity 7, Sheehan 0: The Titans dropped to 1-6 in the SCC contest in Woodbridge.

The Spartans are 8-1.

Cheshire 5, Xavier 2: The Rams rolled to 8-3 with the SCC victory over the Falcons (6-4) at home.

A sweep of doubles was pivotal for Cheshire. The No. 1 team of Sanjay Montagna and Jeff Russitano fell behind after one set, then turned things completely around 2-6, 6-1, 6-0.

Evan Zovas and Sean Crowley were 6-2, 6-1 winners at No. 2. The No. 3 pairing of Dan Light and Sean Sprankel prevailed 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

Jaden Tiriolo and Jake Goldstein collected singles wins for the Rams. Tiriolo rolled 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3. Goldstein pulled out a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) slugfest at No. 4.

Southington 7, Bulkeley 0: The Blue Knights rolled to a CCC Central crossover win in Southington, dropping only three games on the afternoon.

Earning the singles victories were No. 1 Erik Kryzanski (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Jon Kryzanski (6-1, 6-0), No. 3 Kevin Chudy (6-0, 6-1) and No. 4 Kays Cetin (6-0, 6-0).

Doubles wins were supplied by No. 1 Ian Lawrence/Nate Zmarlicki (6-1, 6-0), No. 2 Mike Listro/Sam Johnson (6-0, 6-0) and No. 3 Jason Soltys/Mike Loose (6-0, 6-0).

Southington is 7-2, Bulkeley 0-4.

Kaynor Tech 4, Wilcox Tech 3: The Panthers won this CSC match on their home courts at Bucks Hill Park in Waterbury to drop the Indians to 5-3.

Wilcox won three singles matches, paced by Alan Chen’s 8-0 bagel at No. 1. Aljeny Santana on 8-6 at No. 2 and Eli Henry triumphed 8-4 at No. 3.


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