Posts Tagged ‘ tennis ’

Girls tennis clinches tourney bid

May 16, 2014
By
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…

Read more »

Tennis stays perfect; Knights survive the conference opener

May 9, 2014
By
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,…

Read more »

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

May 9, 2014
By
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…

Read more »

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

May 2, 2014
By
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…

Read more »

Surviving spring sweeps; Boys focus on fundamentals during lopsided wins

May 2, 2014
By
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…

Read more »

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

April 25, 2014
By
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…

Read more »

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

April 4, 2014
By

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…

Read more »

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

April 4, 2014
By

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…

Read more »

Tennis tourney coming to area in June; participants sought

March 4, 2014
By

The largest community tennis tournament in New England is here in Connecticut. The Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament is scheduled for June 7 to 15 at the Copper Valley Swim & Tennis Club, Cheshire. This is a non-profit event. All proceeds benefit the Winton S. Filipek Sr. Scholarship Fund, Inc., which has awarded $67,500…

Read more »

First rule: Have fun; Kenny Hill Jr Memorial Tennis Tourney has become a summer staple

August 29, 2013
By

By John Goralski Sports Writer For more than three hours, Lady Knight tennis coach Robin Thompson proved that her lessons at varsity practices are more than just words. On Sunday, Aug. 25, the high school coach partnered with a friend to push a pair of high school players to three sets and a tie breaker…

Read more »