Posts Tagged ‘ tennis ’

Kataria Classic; Blue Knight captain organizes a local charity tournament

August 29, 2014
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By Tammi Naudus
Michael Theriault prepares to return a volley during action Saturday afternoon at the Kataria Classic.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kunal Kataria listened to his classmates talking in excited bursts at a teammate’s graduation party last spring. The high school season had just wrapped up a few days earlier. Still smarting from their losses, the underclassmen were already looking ahead to next year’s campaign. The debate grew heated. Will this…

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Sister-sister; Fitzgerald sisters reach Wayton Open finals; Henne wins 3 titles

July 25, 2014
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By John Goralski
Megan Fitzgerald chases down a ball during a volley in the Women’s Singles championship of the Wayton Open on Sunday, July 20.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Megan Fitzgerald skipped a forehand into the corner and she walked to the net in a muted celebration. Fitzgerald’s final point had clinched the championship at the Wayton Open, but there was no awkward handshake or wild cheering. Fitzgerald just met her opponent at the net and the two melted…

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Knights shine at 2014 Wayton Open

July 18, 2014
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By Tammi Naudus
Matt Wayton returns a volley during his opening round match-up at the 2014 Wayton Open tennis tournament.

By John Goralski Sports Writer A small group of players huddled at the fence as a pair of former Blue Knight tennis captains scrambled across the high school courts in a heated battle in the top men’s division. Nate Mullins outlasted his first round opponent to reach the battle of Blue Knights. Mark Habek overwhelmed…

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Advancing the program; Knights reach 2nd round for the 4th straight year

June 6, 2014
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By John Goralski
Cassidy Race attacks the net during her singles match in South Windsor. Race was one of two Lady Knights to go 2-0 in the postseason.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Catie Wormer was trailing 3-love when she began to push back at her South Windsor opponent. Cassidy Race battled tooth and nail to win her first match, 6-4, and her second one, 7-5. Alex Barmore seemed to be battling daylight as her match stretched into the early evening as the…

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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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Rain spoils the fun; Senior night celebration is cut short

May 30, 2014
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By John Goralski
Susan Murphy returns a volley at the net during her No. 1 doubles match on May 23. Murphy is Southington’s only senior player.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Robin Thompson eyed the gathering clouds with contempts as her team hurried to complete their matches. The win was secured. All but one match went the distance before the deluge began. Thompson wasn’t worried about the win. Her focus was on the No. 1 doubles team where Southington’s only senior,…

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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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Girls tennis clinches tourney bid

May 16, 2014
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By John Goralski
Angela Balaoing serves for game point during a 7-0 win over East Hartford on May 9.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knight tennis team shook off their first loss of the season to score back-to-back shutouts. With a 7-0 win over East Hartford on Friday, the girls improved to 8-1 overall and qualified for the state tournament. “That was goal number one, and we achieved that almost as quickly…

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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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