NEW BRITAIN - The Newington boys tennis team is officially on a roll.
Invading New Britain on the heels of a four-match winning streak, the Indians shut down the Hurricanes 7-0 to make it five in a row, and six of their last seven. The victory also clinched a spot in the state tournament for Newington.
“It was a great match,” Newington head coach Don Lukowski said. “My boys played really well. I’m very happy with their performance and that we were able to get that ninth win and qualify for the state tournament.”
Despite the shutout, New Britain head coach Joe Vaverchak was impressed with his team’s play, especially given the prolific opponent that Newington has turned into of late.
“Newington has a good team,” Vaverchak said. “It was a good match. I was proud of the way my kids hit the ball. I know the score may not have dictated it, but I was happy with the way we played.”
Matt Utter dominated first singles for the Indians, defeating Adam Gottner 6-0, 6-0, while Sam Johnson won convincingly in fourth singles with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Marc D’Almaia. Newington’s third doubles pairing of Grant Garcia and Mark Panatano recorded a flawless 6-0, 6-0 victory against New Britain’s Danny Martinez and Brandon Mercado to complete the sweep.
Southington 7, Bulkeley 0: The Blue Knights were victorious on Thursday in a sweep of Bulkeley, but Kyle Narowol was more than just victorious. He was golden.
Narowol recorded a golden set in third singles, not allowing a single point in a 6-0, 6-0 win over Adnen Sheikh. The rare feat is familiar territory for Narowol, who earned another golden set in doubles earlier this year against Berlin with partner Adam Kosko.
Than Sutton and D.J. Pestillo earned an easy 6-0, 6-0 victory themselves in second doubles, as did Vatsa Sheth and Billy Wadolowski in third doubles, winning by an identical score to help give Southington its 10th win of the year.
Newington 4, Southington 3: The Blue Knights earned a swift 6-0, 6-0 win in first singles behind Abby Murphy, but the Indians made things much tougher the rest of the way.
Newington improved to 12-1 with a hard-fought 4-3 win, claiming all three matches that went into tiebreakers, as Emmy Petronio (second singles), Lindsay Weaver and Julia Mazur (first doubles) and Anusha Singh and Michelle Novikova (third doubles) all pulled out wins in the decisive third sets.
“That was a great team win,” Newington head coach Sean Hussey said. “It was a close match against a really strong opponent, and they were able to pull it out. I’m extremely proud of them.”
Joelle Stublarec narrowly avoided a tiebreaker for Southington with a 7-6 win in the second set against Mara Klin in third singles, while the lone victory for the Blue Knights in doubles came from the second team of Gianna Wadowski and Avery Korp.
Southington 8, Avon 0: Jake Neuman allowed just three hits in a shutout performance on Thursday, while the offense came alive in the later innings to give the Blue Knights their eighth win in their last nine games.
Jake DelMonte led the offense with two hits and two RBI, while Andrew Paradis finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Kyle Eifert also added two hits and two runs scored, as Southington scored seven of its eight runs in the third through sixth innings.
Northwest Catholic 216, Newington 239: The Indians received a solid outing from Maddie Massarro-Cook on Thursday afternoon, but Keagan Ostop won the medal and the match for Northwest Catholic, finishing with a top score of 49.
Massarro-Cook followed close behind with a 52, Newington’s best score of the day. Leah Tofeldt recorded a 57, and Tori Tolisano finished with a 63. Shea Devanney rounded out the Indians’ top scorers with a 67, as the team dropped its 10th match of the season.
Plainville 224, Middletown 230: Haylie Garrison’s season-low score of 50 led the Blue Devils to a narrow victory on Thursday. Garrison fell short of the match medal, which went to Logan Frame of Middletown with a score of 39, but a collective team effort by Plainville helped secure the second win of the season.
Julia Smith finished behind Garrison with a 55 for the Blue Devils, while Kaylee Markavich and Caitlin Charest recorded scores of 59 and 60, respectively.
Brooke Zajek represented Southington as a lone competitor in the match and recorded an impressive score of 41.
Ellis Tech 203, Goodwin Tech 295: The Gladiators labored through a tough day on the course on Thursday, dropping their fourth straight match in a lopsided loss to Ellis Tech.
Ayden Papuga and John Day each scored a 47 to share the match medal for Ellis Tech, finishing well ahead of Goodwin Tech’s top finisher in Xavier Irizarry, who shot a 70.
Julien Stepien added a 73 for the Gladiators, followed closely by Nathan Berube with a 74. Isaiah Martel scored a 78 in the losing effort.