On the brink of closing out an undefeated regular season, the Cazenovia boys tennis team could not quite get there.
The Lakers took a 4-1 defeat to Christian Brothers Academy last Tuesday afternoon in a battle that featured three matches that went the full three sets – and the Brothers won all of them.
In singles, Nate Romig snared a point for Cazenovia when he defeated Dan Mantooth 6-1, 6-4. But Wyatt Lansing lost, 7-6, 6-0, to Dean Vlassis, and in the first of those three-set encounters, Eli LaGorga played well in the middle of the match, but struggled at the ends against Greg Maziuk, taking a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 defeat.
Ben Kmetz and Harry McDonough, playing in first doubles, led early, but fell to Ryan Croucher and Brooks Werner 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. By similar scores, Galen Okoniewski and Mason Stehle fell to Steve Castellini and Tom Daviau.
Two days later, Cazenovia met Skaneateles, and this latest Laker duel went in Cazenovia’s favor by a 4-1 margin as it won both of the doubles points, Okoniewski and Lansing pairing up to beat Ryan Bailey and Malcolm Lombardi 6-4, 6-4.
Up in singles, LaGorga could not hold on to his early advantage in a 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 defeat to Connor Driscoll. However, Romig roared past Zach Driscoll 6-1, 6-0, while Stehle worked through two tough sets to beat Luca Kunz 6-4, 7-6.
Chittenango dropped a pair of 6-1 decisions to East Syracuse-Minoa last Monday, as the quartet of Connor Martin, Kyle Brazell, Max Smith and Jacob Fields struggled in singles. On the doubles side, Petr Byrtus and Conor Delaney took a 7-5, 6-2 defeat to Matt Bullis and Brandon Stone.
Then, in Tuesday’s 5-2 defeat to Mexico, Martin, two games from a singles defeat, rallied to outlast Gary Monroe 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, while Byrtus staged his own comeback and claimed a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 decision over Brendon Pullen.