By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights (7-3) fell short in their only game played last week with a 6-1 loss to Hall (8-1) at home on Thursday, May 5. The tandem of Ian Lawrence and Erik Kryzanski came away with Southington’s only individual win, defeating Hall’s James Leung and Noah Del Coro in a super-tie breaker, 2-6, 6-2, (1) (8).
Jon Kryzanski and Kevin Chudy also took their match the full distance, but came up on the short end of a super-tie breaker, 2-6, 6-4, (1) (8).
Ben Chasse fell victim to a super-tie breaker as well, 5-7, 6-2, (1) (10). Mike Balaoing, Matt Balaoing, Jake Chasse, and the team of Kays Cetin and Nate Zmarlicki all lost in straight sets.
Blue Knight coach Tony Mauro said that his team is exactly where he thought they’d be at this point in the season. Exactly.
“I’d like to exceed our initial goal of qualifying for the jamboree,” said the coach, “but the standard that we may perceive as good or excellent in the larger picture may not be as good as we think it is.”
Mauro said that he is looking for self-motivation from his team.
“I’m looking for a little fire out of us,” said Mauro. “If you can get them to do what you’re trying to get them to do, and you’re taking responsibility for the outcome, there’s no cost.”
Although his team may not be exceeding expectations, Mauro said that they are not falling short either.
With nine matches remaining in the regular season, the Knights are three wins away from qualifying as a team for the Class LL tournament.
The Knights will look to close in on that goal this week as they travel to Conard (7-2), Glastonbury (5-2), and Avon (5-2) with home games scheduled against Simsbury (6-1) and NW Catholic (1-6).
Southington is currently ranked sixth in Class LL team rankings.