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Tennis teams earn early victories

With warm and windy weather as the backdrop, the West Genesee boys tennis team began its 2010 season last Monday with a non-league match against Marcellus that resulted in a 6-1 victory by the Wildcats over the Mustangs.

Mostly, WG based its win on a doubles sweep. Combined, the teams of Brad Shepard-Mike Plunkett, Brett Smith-Andrew Albert, Lucas Hendrickson-Tanner McGuire and Shane Heyn-James Buttner lost just seven games in eight total sets.

It was a bit more even in singles, where Erik Breault beat Dan Martin 6-2, 7-5 and Eric Weller got a 6-1, 6-1 sweep of Kris Danielson. James Garzia prevented the sweep, giving Marcellus a point as he beat Mike Webster 7-6 (7-5), 6-0.

When CNY Counties League play began on Wednesday, the Wildcats were ready for it and put together a 5-2 victory over the Auburn Maroons.

Again, WG won all four doubles contests. Shepard and Plunkett set the tone with a straight-set sweep and the duos of Smith-Albert, Hendrickson-McGuire and Heyn-Buttner repeated their Marcellus deeds with straight-set wins. Breault would add a singles points as Weller and Webster both lost.

WG then made it three wins in as many matches on Thursday, taking out Corcoran 6-1. Between them, the newly formed doubles teams of Shepard-Albert, Smith-Hendrickson, McGuire-Heyn and Buttner-Tyler Arnold lost just five total games in eight sets.

Also winning twice on the singles side, the Wildcats saw Weller earn a 6-0, 6-3 sweep of Pat Standford and Breault defeat Anthony Wright 6-2, 6-3.

Marcellus got its season into gear on Wednesday by beating Onondaga 4-1. Kris Danielson lost in singles play, but James Garzia handled Nathan Kelly 6-1, 6-2 as Dan Martin had similar results, beating John Lemchak 6-2, 6-1.

Completing a doubles sweep, the Mustangs had Bryan Swierczek and Jack Krantz battle past Max Konstantinidi 7-5, 6-4, with James Kinney and Brett Vergara dominating Sara Grillo and Tyler Field in a 6-0, 6-1 decision.

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