Posts Tagged ‘ boys tennis ’

A lasting impression; Knights hold their own against state’s best

June 6, 2014
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By John Goralski
Luke Pfanzelt scrambles to return a volley against the top seeded player at the Class LL championship at Yale University in New Haven.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Luke Pfanzelt slid into one corner to return an impossible shot. He turned and lunged at the other corner and nearly came away with a point. On Saturday, May 31, Pfanzelt’s qualifying round victory advanced him into a contest with last year’s defending champion, but Southington’s No. 4 player was…

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Tennis continues to shine

May 30, 2014
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By John Goralski
Luke Pfanzelt returns a volley during a 5-2 win over EO Smith on May 21. Pfanzelt improved to 14-0 with just two matches remaining.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tony Mauro had already circled the last week on his schedule, but the  Blue Knight tennis coach is starting to learn that regular season measuring sticks are becoming harder and harder to find. One-sided losses against teams like Hall have become closer deficits. Former contested rivalries have melted into lopsided…

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Knights beat Mother Nature;Boys tennis survives loss and weather to clinch postseason

May 17, 2014
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By John Goralski
Chris Hupper attacks the net during his  doubles match on Thursday, May 8.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The rains were still threatening when the Blue Knight tennis team was warming up before their game with Rocky Hill. Players were still pushing water off a few courts while Coach Tony Mauro cautioned players to broadcast any slips. But Mauro was determined to see how his team was going…

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Tennis stays perfect; Knights survive the conference opener

May 9, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kunal Kataria returns a shot during his No. 1 singles match against Plainville on Monday, April 28.

By John Goralski Sports Writer It wasn’t easy, but it still counts as a win. On Friday, May 2, the Blue Knight tennis team opened the conference schedule in West Hartford and escaped with a 4-3 victory. For Coach Tony Mauro, it was a good measure for his young team. “It was a tough match,…

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Surviving spring sweeps; Boys focus on fundamentals during lopsided wins

May 2, 2014
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By John Goralski
Southington senior Nate Mullins charges the net during a recent singles match.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Luke Pfanzelt was the only one to sweep every set to capture two wins, but everyone else still won in straight sets. The Blue Knight tennis team resumed action last week with a pair of shutouts against undermatched teams. The Knights improved to 3-0 in the early season, but Coach…

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Here comes the harvest; Blue Knight tennis is ready to break out this spring

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Two years ago, Tony Mauro talked about potential when his freshmen phenoms battled to a 7-9 record in the spring. Last spring, the tennis coach talked about turning the corner when the sophomores broke .500 with an 11-8 record. Now comes the harvest. “You never want to count your chickens…

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Knights split the final week; Boys tennis team changes gears for the postseason

May 31, 2013
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By John Goralski
Kevin Wormer protects the net during a doubles match against RHAM on May 21.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Tony Mauro has trouble hiding his disappointement when asked about the upcoming state tournament, but it has nothing to do with his team. The Blue Knight tennis team met all of his pre-season goals with a 7-0 win over Fermi and a 4-3 loss to RHAM in the final…

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