With an opportunity to go up against yet another undefeated opponent, the Cazenovia boys tennis team had some strong efforts against Christian Brothers Academy last Wednesday afternoon, yet was unable to get on the board in a 5-0 defeat to the Brothers.
The best chance for a Lakers point came in doubles, where Teddy Coughlin and Dan Gavilondo led early against Shivam Nanavati and David Hoag, but still lost a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 decision, while Orson Sproule, normally a singles player, paired with Nick Barna and lost, 6-2, 6-1, to Tom Daviau and Zach Popp.
Up in singles play, Griffin Monahan had a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Ben Vlassis, while Mitch Romig ran into Dean Vlassis and took a 6-3, 6-1 defeat. Jake Walburger lost to Milan Gupta in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
A day later, Cazenovia played again, but prevailed, 3-2, over Westhill, the key point coming in third singles when Gavilondo survived a mid-match slump to defeat the Warriors’ Conor Mahoney 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.
Sproule, back in singles play, lost, 6-3, 6-1, to Jackson Bradley, but Mitch Romig beat Andrew Doner 6-0, 6-1. The doubles matches were split, with Barna and Liam Flannery handling Tom Chaddock and Colin Catone 6-2, 7-5 as Coughlin and Griffin Monahan lost, 6-0, 6-0, to Ryan Rolince and Mike Ferrara.
On Friday, Cazenovia met Manlius-Pebble Hill, and lost by that same 3-2 margin. Nate Romig rolled past Trilok Reddy 6-0, 6-1, but Mitch Romig took a 6-0, 6-7, 6-3 defeat to Dan Braverman as Sproule fell to Charlie Mann 6-2, 7-5.
On the doubles side, Monahan and Gavilondo won in three sets, but Walburger, paired with Carson Clonan, lost in straight sets to Keerthi Martyn and Dan Mezzalingua 6-0, 6-0.
This 2-2 week for the Lakers began with last Monday’s 4-1 victory over Marcellus, where Sproule and Mitch Romig each won 6-0, 6-0 matches over, respectively, Quinn Clarke and Tyler Guerrina, while Nate Romig handled Andrew Kammer 6-0, 6-1.
In doubles, a long three-set battle saw Coughlin and Gavilondo take a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) defeat to Dan Wrona and Noah LaFever, but in the other doubles match that went to three sets, Barna and Flannery rallied past Shawn Manke and Justin Costa 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Meanwhile, the Chittenango boys tennis team returned to the court last Tuesday, at Mexico, but the Bears could only snare a single point in its 6-1 defeat to the Tigers. That point came in first doubles, where Sean Austin and Keoni Saturnie beat Josh Yerdon and Anthony Edwards 6-4, 6-0.
Zack Falkenburg and Matt Lanphear had a 6-3, 7-5 defeat to Ben Pelow and Brendon Pullen, while in singles Mike Ackerman and Devin Hodges each had 6-2, 6-1 losses to, respectively, John Ocker and Joey Domicolo. Aaron Norman fell to Joe Ocker 6-0, 6-0 and Noah Cross had a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Evan Blunt.
The Bears would win on Thursday, handling Onondaga 5-0 as Falkenburg, playing singles, shut out the Tigers’ Taylor Featherstone 6-0, 6-0, while Norman beat Dan Kelly 7-5, 6-1 and Lanphear took his own singles turn and beat Nick Hay 6-1, 6-3.
Saturnie, now paired with Sean Austin, won a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Corey Guyder and Max Marcy, while Devin Hodges, paired with Ben Cyr, also prevailed in straight sets.
Chittenango won again on Friday, topping LaFayette in a pair of 4-1 decisions. In single-set races to 10 games, Lanphear beat Brennon Thrall 10-7, with Norman topping Noah Brothers 10-6 and Falkenburg beating Leanna Crouse 10-1. Cyr and Noah Cross topped Lexi Harrington and Zach Thrasher 10-6.
The second Bears-Lancers match went just like the first, a 4-1 victory for Chittenango where Lanphear shut out Brothers 10-0, Cyr beat Haenhyanonhna Powless 10-5 and Falkenburg got past Caleb Gretsky 10-1. Austin and Saturnie teamed up for a 10-2 victory over Sophia Powless and Wade Miller.