Though the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys tennis teams both could earn points in most of their respective CNY Counties League matches, getting team wins was far more elusive.
Another example of this was last Wednesday’s action, where the Northstars took a 4-3 defeat to Syracuse East as the Warriors fell 5-2 to West Genesee.
On the C-NS side, everything went right in singles. Connor Millias won in straight sets, while Justin Kegebein rolled past Eh Moo Soe 6-0, 6-2 and Edwin Hirsh won a similar 6-2, 6-0 decision over Tang Lian.
In doubles, though, the Northstars could not get the clinching point it needed, twice stopped in three sets. Trey Nordin-Abbey and John Barraco were two games from a come-from-behind win, only to fall, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, to Be Aung and Nick Lozaponi.
Evan Harberek and Jake Tesfai got even closer, making it to a third-set tie-breaker, yet still lost to Samir Subba and John Hso 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4). Ryan Houser and Jarrod Stranger had a 7-5, 7-5 defeat to Friendly Say and Ehmoemo Qui as Josh Matyasik and Joe Bowen had a 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 defeat to Mike Lloyd and Mike O’Neill.
In Liverpool’s match against West Genesee, both of the Warriors’ points came in doubles, where Evan Maestri and Beb White teamed up to beat Alex Argiro and Jimmy Harter 6-1, 6-2, with Jonathan Kline and Brayden Cabrey beating Ahmed Mahmoud and Erik Shanahan 6-2, 6-4.
But the Warriors lost the other doubles matches in straight sets, while in singles WG won all three matches. Caleb Munski got closest in a 6-4, 6-1 defeat to Stefan Atanasov as Brandon Davis fell to James Plunkett 6-1, 6-1 and Anthony Puma had a 6-2, 6-1 defeat to Matt Mannara.
Those struggles continued on Thursday for Liverpool and C-NS. The Warriors fell to Baldwinsville 7-0, getting its best efforts in doubles, where Alejo and Caleb Arnold lost, 7-5, 6-2, to Kyle Robinson and Alex Taylor, with Andrew Johnson and Jeff Noll falling to Robinson and Alex Pompo 6-0, 7-6 (7-4). Maestri and White had a 6-3, 7-5 defeat to Scott Ferrari and Chris Dotto.
C-NS also could not get a point from undefeated Fayetteville-Manlius in a 7-0 defeat, In singles, only Hirsh earned a game, and still lost, 6-0, 6-1, to Tom Miro, while Kegebein and Millias paired up for doubles and lost, 6-1, 6-0, to Chris Lansing and Taran Judge, with James Coral and Nordin-Abbey falling to Joel Farrella and Nolan Chiles by those same totals.