Weekly Feature

2018-05-16 / Sports

Tennis team cruises to five victories

Clarence’s boys tennis team faced little resistance in any of its most recent matches, adding five wins to its stockpile in what has shaped up to be a marathon finish to the regular season.

The Red Devils’ most recent win, one of their four 5-0 conquests of the week, came Friday against Williamsville North. River Reinhardt won the more contested of the two singles points – first singles went to Clarence by forfeit – by defeating his opponent by 6-4, 6-4 marks, while Alexander Hu picked up the third singles point by 6-4, 6-2 marks.

The first doubles tandem of Gianni Fasanello and Samuel Zyla, meanwhile, had the toughest test of the bunch on the day, winning their match by 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 marks. The second doubles tandem of John King and Jacob Meli closed out the sweep with their 6-4, 6-3 triumph.

Clarence entered the North match feeling good about its chances after sweeping West Seneca’s district team two days earlier, 5-0. This time it was Reinhardt who would face the biggest challenge, as he needed three sets to record his 6-0, 6-7 (4-7), 10-6 win. Matt Kozinski was also taken to three sets at first singles before he pulled out his 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 triumph.

Only Fasanello and Zyla gave up any other points for Clarence in the remaining three matches, however, and the duo only surrendered one game in the second set at that. Hu, and the duo of King and Meli, won their respective matches in straight sets to secure the shutout.

East Aurora broke up Clarence’s otherwise perfect week on May 8 in what would be the Red Devils’ 4-1 victory. The match was played in pro-set style to accommodate a triple-header with Alden (5-0), with Kozinski, Hu, and the first doubles tandem of Fasanello and Zyla all winning by 8-2 marks. King and Meli picked up the second doubles point by an 8-1 score.

Against Alden, Kozinski and James Nazzaro won their first and third singles matches, respectively, by 8-1 scores, while Hu posted an 8-0 shutout at second singles. Both doubles tandems – Cole Bowman took King’s spot at second doubles for the match – were victorious by identical 8-3 marks.

Clarence’s week began with a 5-0 conquest of Frontier on May 7. Kozinski (6-0, 6-1), Reinhardt (6-3, 6-4) and Hu (6-0, 6-3) won their singles matches to secure enough points for the match win, while Fasanello and Zyla (7-6 [7-5], 6-1), and King and Meli (6-0, 6-1) picked up the other two points to secure the sweep.

Clarence closed out the regular season Monday at East Aurora, but information about that match was not available at press time.

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