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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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Beating the learning curve;Girls tennis survives first test of the season

May 9, 2014
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By John Goralski
Susan Murphy keeps a volley alive during a 4-3 Lady Knight victory over Conard.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Robin Thompson herded her team back onto the tennis courts as Conard’s players filed onto their bus. Fans waited patiently as the coach huddled with her team for a long debriefing. On Thursday, May 1, the Lady Knights faced their first test of the season in their conference opener. The…

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Rolling with the punches; Shifting lineups don’t matter to the Lady Knights

May 2, 2014
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By John Goralski
Cassidy Race returns a volley during a No. 2 singles match against Rockville on April 23.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Cassidy Race slipped into the No. 2 singles position and never missed a beat. Caroline Barry moved into a vacant singles position to win her first varsity singles match. On Friday, April 23, the Lady Knight tennis team had a different lineup, but never missed a step. With a 7-0…

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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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Fighting for every point; Girls Tennis overcomes adversity to start 2-0

April 25, 2014
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By John Goralski
Rianna Susco charges the net in doubles play during a 6-1 win over Cheshire.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Alex Barmore struggled against the wind and the cold as her Cheshire opponent rallied for a win in the first set. Susan Murphy and Rianna Susco looked out of rhythm as their Ram counterparts dismantled them in the opening set at No. 2 doubles. On Wednesday, April 16, Lady Knight…

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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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The best is yet to come; Girls Tennis hopes to build on last year’s success

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Critics watched with amused skepticism as the sophomore-heavy Lady Knights scored a couple of upsets last spring. They may have skoffed at the 15-3 regular season, but their doubts were quickly quieted. A resounding win over a lower seed was followed by a mild upset in the second round of…

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