By BRIAN JENNINGS
Since dropping their first match of the season, the Blue Knights (4-1) have bounced back to win their next four matches, but they did so without dropping a singles or doubles match.
Singles pounce on the Panthers
The Knights began the week by sweeping Platt (0-2), 7-0, in their only home match of the week on Monday, April 11.
No. 2 singles Matt Balaoing, No. 3 singles Ben Chasse, and No. 4 singles Jake Chasse all won their matches in straight sets without dropping a game. No. 1 Mike Balaoing was the only Southington singles player to drop a game in his match, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 doubles Mike Jagos-Mike Listro took after the singles players and handled their opponents with ease, also winning in straight sets without giving up a game. No. 1 doubles Kevin Chudy-Ian Lawrence lost just three games in their victory, 6-1, 6-2. And No. 2 doubles Kays Cetin-Nate Zmarlicki worked for their success by taking the second set in a 7-3 tiebreaker, 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Flourishing in five
A couple days later on Wednesday, Southington handed Fermi (0-2) in a 7-0 loss in Enfield, doing so in less than seven matches.
Mike Balaoing and Ben Chasse won their matches in straight sets. Matt Balaoing and Jake Chasse won their matches in straight sets without surrendering a single game.
Chudy-Lawrence were victorious at No.1 doubles, also dropping a game. The Falcons forfeited their No. 2 doubles and No. 3 doubles matches.
Knights trump Tribe
On Thursday, the Knights crossed the river and ventured out to the eastern side of the state, where they triumphed over Manchester (2-1), 7-0.
Jake Chasse won his match in straight sets, garnering all 12 games, while Ben Chasse also recorded a win in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. Mike Balaoing held on in straight sets, 7-6 (3), 6-4, after prevailing in a 7-3, first-set tiebreaker. Brother Matt Balaoing used an extra game in the second set to pick up his win in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5.
Listro paired with Lawrence at No. 1 doubles and dropped the first set, but kept their heads in it to take the match by winning the next two sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0. The tandems of No. 2 doubles Cetin-Zmarlicki and No. 3 doubles Sam Johnson-Andrew Premus closed out the victory by winning their matches in straight sets.
Knights romp Rams
Southington wrapped up the week by conquest of the Rams at Bristol Central (0-2) on Friday.
Matt Balaoing, Ben Chasse, and Jake Chasse came out of their matches unscathed without fumbling a single game. Mike Balaoing lost one game in his match.
All three doubles teams returned to play the same roles as the day before. Cetin-Zmarlicki and Johnson-Premus dropped just two games each in the opening sets of their matches. Lawrence-Listro dropped only three games in the second set of their match.
The Knights will look to maintain their hot streak this week when they host Plainville (1-1) in their second home match of the season on Tuesday, April 19. Southington is currently ninth in the CIAC’s Class LL rankings.