Trojan rackets reclaim SWC title
Updated 10:45 pm, Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Weston boys tennis restored its rule over the SWC Wednesday.
Top-seeded Weston won seven straight SWC titles before its run got disrupted by Newtown last year but reclaimed its perch in the SWC landscape with a 4-1 home win over third-seeded Pomperaug and raised its record to 14-3. Pomperaug dropped to 11-3.
"The kids deserve all the credit," Trojans Coach Gary Meunier said. "We have some young guys and they came through when we had to. Pomperaug is a very good team and we beat them 6-1 the last time and our guys raised their game."
Weston sophomore Jon Lipsitz didn't have to raise his game too much at fourth singles because he only lost game two weeks ago. Lipsitz found a way to better his previous play and bageled sophomore Tony Ribas, 6-0, 6-0.
"I just played aggressively because I knew I'd win if I played that way," Morris said.
Morris dominated the first set and had 5-1 lead in the second set before Westerman came back and won three straight games to pull to within 5-4. Morris slammed a winner to clinch his match with a 6-2, 6-4, victory.
"I just said to myself I won't let it go to another game," Morris said. "I took a deep breath and hit a shot I knew how to hit."
Although Weston junior captain Cameron Hagan lost at first singles, he still did better than he did the first time around. Hagan lost in straight sets during the regular season to Pomperaug senior co-captain Andrew Oravecz but in the rematch, won the first set.
In the end, Oravecz raised his game and defeated Hagan, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
"We played aggressively, tried not to hit it too hard and didn't let them get into points," Weiss said.
The first match between the two duos was a 3-setter.
"Last time was one of our first couple of times playing together and we had more miscommunication," Weiss said. "This time, we had more experience playing with each other and knew each others' playing style and had an easier time coordinating things."
There were many long points in the match at second singles but in the end, Weston sophomore David Friedman was more consistent in a 6-2, 6-2 victory over senior co-captain Shryan Appalaraju to clinch the overall match. The first match between these two combatants went three sets.
"He's very consistent but I stayed with him and played the point longer than him," Friedman said.
Friedman's victory clinched the overall match.
"It felt good and it was a good feeling when I got off the court because I saw everyone else get off the court and I knew that we won," Friedman said.
This ended the match at second doubles. After losing the first set 6-2, Trojan seniors Josh Simon and Kyle Guerin rebounded to win the second set 6-4 against Panther senior Ben Tepperman and sophomore Alex Burnham. The Match was called before they could start the third set.
"This was the first time we played in the heat and elevated our game," Meunier said. "They are a young group of kids and they are developing well."