WATERTOWN - After a loss to Wolcott High School in their opening match, the Watertown High School boys’ tennis team came back with victories over Woodland and Kennedy High Schools to improve to 2-1 on the young, COVID-delayed season.
“It was great to finally get to take the courts and compete,” said Indians’ coach Eric Miller. “Not a bad start in taking two of three, especially in very windy conditions on each the days, making us have to maintain our focus and simplify our games to meet the conditions,” said Miller.
“We dropped a heartbreaker to Wolcott, but finished the week strong with nice wins over Woodland and Kennedy; overall, the boys came through the week in a very positive fashion that bodes well for the rest of the season,” Miller said.
In their long-dalayed opener, the Indians came up just short against undefeated Wolcott, with the Eagles taking the two doubles’ sets to rally up to a 3-2 win on April 22.
1. Jackson Slattery d. Shoban 6-3, 6-1
2. Aiden Moaddel d. Goldstone 6-3, 6-3
3. Fruin d. Ryan Butwell 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.
1. Hayes/Pilarski d. Evan Remiszewski/Finn Street 1-6, 6-1, 10-3
2. Mike DosSantos/Luke Connelly d. Justin Calabrese/Lorenzo Longo 6-3, 6-0.
On April 23, the Indians leveled their record at 1-1 with a 4-1 win over Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls.
1. Jackson Slattery d. Roberts 6-0, 6-2
2. Aiden Moaddel d. Hopkinson 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 11-9
3. Ryan Butwell d. Cyr 6-1, 6-2.
1. Macdowell/Nizerbrydowski d. Finn Street/Evan Remiszewski 6-2, 6-2
2. Lorenzo Longo/Justin Calabrese d. O’Connell/Bshora 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 10-4.
At Crestbrook Park on April 24, the Indians defeated Kennedy High School, 5-0.
The Eagles are not only carrying their own roster of players this season, but with numbers way down at city schools, have also added a single player from Wilby High School, Anthony Marchetti, who, separate of the overall team results, won his match.
1. Jackson Slattery d. Demiraj 6-2, 6-1
2. Aiden Moaddel d. Meglio 6-0, 6-1
3. Ryan Butwell d. Josephson 6-2, 6-2.
1. Finn Street/Evan Remiszewski d. Balikian/Keco 6-2, 6-1
2. Justin Calabrese/Colin Geiger won by forfeit.
“Our singles players are off to great start so far this season--8-1 overall and could I not be happier for them,” said Miller. “They are getting more and more confident with every match and making very good mid match adjustments when necessary.
“I think they were pleasantly surprised how well they matched up with Wolcott and we are looking forward to a return match-up later in the season,” Miller added.
As May approaches, it would appear that the Indians and Wolcott are the teams to beat in the NVL.
“I also have noticed that the doubles are starting to round into form; it’s been tough to be thrown ‘right into the fire; with our first match with Wolcott given the limited amount of previous varsity experience they had,” said a happy Miller.
“What has stood out is that our ony returning starter in doubles is Evan (Remiszewski), but they are a real competitive group, who are willing to take coaching, so I think we will continue to see a lot of improvement with this group,” said Miller.