GFA roundup: Boys tennis team improves to 7-2
Published 9:14 am, Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The GFA boys tennis team fell 5-2 to Hopkins before rebounding for two straight wins. Against Hopkins, Dragons No. 1 Game Tishman won a three-set match after being down 5-2 in the final set. The No. 2 doubles team of Matt Smith and Griffin Garner (Westport) played a close match and prevailed 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
GFA then secured back-to-back 7-0 sweeps against Cheshire Academy and Millbrook. The Dragons are now 7-2 this season.
Against Wooster, 10 different players scored in GFA's 16--0 victory. Freshman Audrey Brennan led the team in scoring with three goals.
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Against a strong Greenwich Academy team, GFA lost 17--6. Senior Campbell Goldsmith was able to find the net four times.
After going through the season with a 10-point average margin of victory, GFA faced a stiff test in a rematch with Christian Heritage. Fifteen minutes into the game, the Dragons faced a deficit for the first time all season when Christian Heritage went up 4-3. The two teams swapped points and GFA managed to go up 8-7 into halftime.
The Dragons built a bit of a lead and worked to a game point at 14-10. But Christian Heritage played their toughest defense of the game and clawed back to 14-14.
Christian Heritage struck first in the extra time, but GFA rallied with three straight to earn the victory.
Senior Captain Andrew Davis caught the winning pass in his final game for the squad.
The team ended as the most successful squad in GFA history, setting records for wins, points allowed and games played.
GFA fell 13-6 to Brunswick last Wednesday, but rebounded to fend off King 6-5 on Saturday. The game went goal-for-goal most of the 48 minutes. Scoring for the Dragons were Hans Forland, Colin Hughes, Brennan and Manton all with one goal, and Jack Mackle with two goals. Goalie Riley Grady made 13 saves.
GFA fell 13-4 to Hopkins last Tuesday and 10-0 to Brunswick last Friday. Hopkins hit a grand slam and a two-run home run in the win.
The Dragons began last week at the FAA Tournament and finished the week with a match against perennial powerhouse Hopkins.
Last Monday the team finished sixth out of eight teams at the New Canaan Country Club in the FAA Championships, while also having two golfers earn All-League honors. Shooting their lowest score in the past decade, 487, the team played 18 holes for the first time this season while battling gusty winds.
GFA then fell 7-2 to Hopkins. Cook led all scorers with a 36 along with his head-to-head victory.