Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Wolcott's Mastropietro and Spina only area boys tennis players left

You already know about St. Paul girls tennis reaching the Class S state tournament quarterfinal round (they beat Sacred Heart yesterday), but there was plenty more tennis going on this past weekend.
Here's a quick wrap-up of the opening weekend of the state tournament:

Class S
Holy Cross and Sacred Heart both had singles and doubles players in the Class S tournament, but none made it out of the second round.
The Crusader combo of Daniel Huang and Liam Palilla defeated Francis McGuire and Thomas McGuire of East Hampton 6-0, 6-1 in the first round. In the second round, Huang and Palilla lost 6-0, 6-0 to East Catholic's Hunter Stone and Troy Romano. Stone and Romano are the No. 2 seed in Class S doubles.
Holy Cross also saw Dom Setaro and Connor Solik reach the second round. Setaro and Solik took down Garrett Jordan and Kienan Tierney of East Hampton 6-2, 6-2. In the second round, Setaro and Solik were downed by Patrick Lazor and Timothy O'Donnell of Northwest Catholic, 6-1, 6-0. Lazor and O'Donnell are the No. 11 seed in Class S doubles.
For the Hearts, David Gallino and Michael Saunders won a wild three-set match against Westbrook's Phillip Hartzell and Austin Herzy in the first round. The scores were 2-6, 6-1, 12-10. Gallino and Saunders advanced to play Lyman Memorial's Stephen Gervase and Alex Starr, the No. 4 seed. Gervase and Starr won 6-2, 6-0.
No singles player from Holy Cross or Sacred Heart made it out of the first round.

Class M
Wolcott was able to put several players in the singles and doubles tournaments. 
The most successful are Matt Mastropietro and Matt Spina, ranked No. 12 in doubles. After a first round bye, Mastropietro and Spina took down Jack Hegarty and Fazil Quaisar of Brookfield, 6-4, 6-3. Mastropietro and Spina are scheduled to play No. 5 seed Mukesh Kurumbail and Davon Chen of East Lyme today in the third round. 
In singles, Alex Hale won his first round match 6-1, 6-1 over Shawn Magill of Lewis Mills. Hale lost 6-2, 6-0 to Mike Thramann of Avon in the second round. 

Class L
The Bristol Eastern doubles team of Greg Plachno and Nicholas Trottier advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Dylan Condon and Charith Tirumani of Masuk. Their reward was the top-seeded duo of Jordan Lord and Henry Murphy of Wilton, who won 6-0, 6-0.
In singles, Bristol Eastern saw Muhammad Abdousalam won an exciting three-set match, 6-4, 1-6, 10-7, over Torrington's Scott Dixon in the first round. Abdousalam's reward was Newington standout Ron Abraham, who beat Abdousalam 6-0, 6-0. Devon Plourde won an opening round match, 8-1 over Hunter Seegers of New Milford. Plourde then faced top seed Roy Smith of Hillhouse, who beat Plourde 6-0, 6-0.
Colin Savino was the lone Bristol Central player in the tournament. He lost 6-1, 6-1 to Joseph Alvord of Pomperaug in the first round.

Note: The boys tournament is singles and doubles only, no team against team competition. The girls tournament features team vs. team, then an open individual competition.

There is a ton going on. I will do my best to wrap it up later tonight, but sorry in advance if I miss anything.  

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