May 16, 2014 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Now the regular season is done, and the area’s boys tennis teams could all look forward to this week’s action in the Section III team and individual tournaments.
Fayetteville-Manlius wrapped up its 25th straight undefeated league campaign and extended its win streak to 236 consecutive matches by going 4-0 for the week, starting last Monday when it shut out Liverpool 7-0.
In singles, Josh Druger and Riley Ma each won 6-0, 6-0 matches over, respectively, Ian Szczesniak and Evan Vogue, with Taran Judge taking out Leon Truong 6-1, 6-0.
The closest of the four doubles matches saw Ravi Dhawan and Vince Grasso get past Mike Fensken and Matt Beshara 6-1, 7-5. Justin DeSorbo and Vince Sorrentino blanked Chris Dotto and Logan Enzerillo 6-0, 6-0, with the teams of Dan Miron-Nick Westergaard and Mike Mintskovsky-Brooks Nagle also prevailing in two sets.
F-M went from there to another 7-0 shutout, this one over Baldwinsville, on Tuesday afternoon. Thomas Wong returned to singles, beating Nick Jerome 6-3, 6-3, with Ma and Druger also winning in two sets. DeSorbo and Sorrentino played the closest doubles match, but earned a 6-0, 8-6 decision over Mike Schneid and Mason Soeder.
The string of match wins continued Wednesday with another win over Liverpool, this one by a 6-1 margin. Though Ryan Jones lost in singles to Ian Szczesniak 6-0, 6-2, Druger put away Evan Maestri 6-1, 6-1, and Chris Lansing got a singles turn, defeating Aaron Laviolette 6-3, 6-2.
In the doubles sweep of the Warriors, the Hornets’ teams of Westergaard-Miron, Mintskovsky-Nagle and DeSorbo-Sorrentino all won 6-0, 6-0 matches. Dhawan and Grosso dropped a couple of games, but still roared past Kevin Hiemenz and Jayesh Patil 6-1, 6-1.
To conclude the regular season, F-M swept Auburn 7-0 on Thursday afternoon. Druger won in singles over Tom Alexander 6-2, 6-1, with Ma handling Kevin Franceschelli 6-0, 6-2 and Wong also winning in two sets. The doubles teams of Westergaard-Miron, Mintskovsky-Nagle and Jones-Kai Wang also won with ease.
CBA, who was 9-0 going into the week, came up short last Monday in a 3-2 defeat to Westhill. Though Dan Mantooth beat Brian Sheridan 6-0, 6-0, and Dean Vlassis handled Jordan Files 6-0, 6-1, Barnes Werner could not get the third singles points, falling to Mike Parasczak 6-2, 6-2.
In the pivotal first doubles match, Ryan Croucher and Greg Maziuk led early, and pushed it to a third-set tie-breaker, but still lost to Sean DeKay and Jared Ristoff 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0). Steve Castellini and Tom Daviau fell to Fletcher Chapin and Alex Skeele 6-3, 6-3.
But the Brothers would recover in a big way on Tuesday, beating Cazenovia 4-1. Vlassis topped Wyatt Lansing 7-6, 6-0, with Maziuk starting and finishing fast in a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Eli LaGorga as Mantooth lost to Nate Romig 6-1, 6-4.
Both of the doubles matches went to three sets, but with a comeback, Croucher and Werner beat Ben Kmetz and Harry McDonough 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, while Castellini and Daviau prevailed, too.
And CBA won again on Thursday, stopping Marcellus 4-1. Dominance in singles play helped, as Maziuk took out Geoff Golick 6-0, 6-3, with Mantooth blanking Steve Larison 6-0, 6-0 and Vlassis getting past Quinton Austin 6-0, 6-1.
Castellini and Daviau paired in singles and went to three sets, but beat Dave Manke and Zach Ruggles 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, with Croucher and Werner also going to three sets, but falling to Andrew Herold and Ian LaFever 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.