By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights (1-0) boys tennis team may have cruised to a season-opening win on the road on Monday, April 13, against the Windsor Warriors (2-2), 7-0, but it was something more than a win that really opened Southington coach Tony Mauro’s eyes.
“We looked strong,” said Mauro. “I hate to stick my neck out and say this, but I’m going to say it anyway. I think this is the strongest team we’ve ever had in the history of the school. I’m not lying to you, I think it really is. From top to bottom, I’m so thrilled with this team. I really think we’re going to do well.”
No.1-ranked Kunal Kataria led the way, winning his singles match against Windsor’s Aakash Vachhani, 6-1, 6-0. Luke Pfanzelt, Grant Ogrin, and Mike Balaoing each followed by winning their matches.
No.1 doubles tandem Zaya Oshana and Rohan Kataria led the Knights with a win in their doubles match, 6-0, 6-2. The No.2-ranked Chasse brothers and No.3-ranked Erik Kryzanski and Brett Daigle won their doubles matches as well.
“I’m pleased with the way everyone played and behaved,” said Mauro. “I just hope, of course, that all of that continues.”
Since Mauro has taken the team over in 2007, the program has been steadily improving each year. The Knights are still in search of ending a nine-year drought of being winless against Simsbury, as well as a 10-year drought against Hall. However, with this year’s team, the odds seem very possible.
The Knights return to their home court this week to continue their quest against the Fermi Falcons (0-1).
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