Trojans tighten their grip on the SWC penthouse
Updated 5:11 pm, Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Weston boys tennis team has virtually assured itself the top seed of the upcoming SWC tournament.
Weston raised its record to 9-1, 9-0 in the SWC, with a 5-2 home victory over Newtown (8-1, 7-1) Monday. The Trojans could fall out of first place, but only if they lose their last two matches, and they are the prohibitive favorite in both.
"We're in good position because we're probably playing the fourth seed, and there are three good teams in the SWC," Trojans coach Gary Meunier said. "We'll only have to play one of the other two good teams. Newtown was a tough match for us."
Injuries also played a role for Weston. David Freeman, who normally plays at second singles, is hampered by lower back problems and moved down to first doubles, where he was paired with Henry Morris. Morris also has muscle spasms in the left side of his back.
"My partner Henry did a lot of the running," Freeman said. "He's quick and can get to many balls."
Despite the back woes for Freeman and Morris, they had no trouble with Yossi Korhman-Glaser and Keaton McCleary in a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Playing at doubles wasn't foreign for Freeman, who won the Class S doubles title with Cam Hagen in 2010.
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"It's a bit different, but I have enough experience where I can get by," Hagen said.
The Trojans swept doubles with ease. Jacob Greisman and Ben Smith vanquished Mason West and Adam Oelberg at second doubles, 6-2, 6-3. After falling behind 3-2 in the first set at third doubles, Nico Zirn and Robin Willis won nine straight games in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Nic Klein and Charlie Poarch.
Although Weston dominated in doubles, it struggled in singles. In the end, the Trojans won two close matches to go 2-2 in solo play, which was good enough to clinch the match.
The Nighthawks won at first and second singles. Cam McCleary defeated Cam Hagen, who normally plays first singles for Weston, at the top spot of the ladder, 6-2, 6-2.
Oscar Morris normally plays at third singles for the Trojans but moved up to second singles because Freeman was paired with Henry Morris -- his twin brother. Tyler Ruefenacht rallied from a 6-5 deficit in the first set and topped Oscar Morris, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. Morris didn't recover after losing the momentum in the first set.
"Jonathan just finds a way to win," Meunier said. "He wasn't 100 percent or at the top of his game, but he figures things out. He wins one tough match after another."
"Jack really turned the match around," Meunier said. "He changed things up and played the game he wanted instead of counterpunching."
It's highly plausible for the Trojans to battle Newtown in the FCIAC championship match. Despite beating the Nighthawks Monday, Weston knows the rematch won't be easy.
"Beating Newtown was great, but there were a lot of close matches," Freeman said. "It will be close again the next time we play them. I think we can pull out another victory."
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