Saturday, May 13, 2017

WOLCOTT'S SPRING ROUNDUP #6: Eagle tennis trio undefeated in regular season

Seniors Matt Spina, right, and Matt Mastropietro went undefeated at No. 1 and 2 singles for Wolcott boys tennis in the regular season.
Wolcott boys tennis finished the regular season 16-0 after an 8-1 victory over Torrington on Thursday at Wolcott High School.
A huge reason for the success of the Eagles is the singles play of No. 1 Matt Spina, No. 2 Matt Mastropietro and No. Alex Hale. None of those three players lost a singles match this season. The trio combined for 48 victories and zero losses.
No. 3 singles player Alex Hale was also undefeated in the regular season.

"Obviously, it's in the back of our mind, but we try not to think about it," Mastropietro said about being undefeated in singles.
What's more, No. 4 Jackson Yost was undefeated until Thursday. Wolcott's dominance in singles has ended most matches early. Thursday was no exception when No. 5 Mike Perreault and No. 6 Raheel Chowdhury are included.
"With their experience, it's very comfortable putting them out there," Wolcott head coach Steve Jalusavic said. "It's been a great run."
For Spina, Mastropietro and Hale, it was a perfect run.

Wolcott continues to charge toward a state tournament berth in its inaugural varsity season.
The Eagles were 5-4 and on a three-match winning streak heading into Friday evening's contest at home against Amistad/Career. Wolcott defeated Windsor and Wamogo earlier in the week to extend the streak to three.
The Eagles close the regular season with three home matches. Wolcott plays St. Paul on Monday at 5 o'clock, Bristol Eastern on Wednesday at 5 and Watertown on Friday at 5.

The Eagles needed a win to end a recent slide, and they got it via an error against Torrington on Friday.
Alex James hit a fly ball with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh inning. The pop fly was dropped, giving Wolcott the 6-5 walkoff win and ending a three-game losing streak. The Eagles improved to 11-6.
Wolcott actually led the game 5-1 entering the top of the seventh, but Torrington erupted for four runs to tie it up. Ray Bartoli led off the Eagle seventh with a single, then was sacrificed to second by Nick Longo. Jeff Nicol walked to make it first and second, but Bobby White popped out for the second out. James also hit the ball in the air, but an error gave Wolcott a much-needed win.

Wolcott hosted the Jack Stigberg Memorial Golf Tournament for the 36th time on Wednesday, and The Gilbert School won with a combined two-man score of 74.
Wolcott's Preston Lavoie and Logan Durant teamed up for a 77.

The Wolcott girls stand at 9-3 after losing to Woodland and Seymour on Tuesday. The Eagles had wins from the 4x800-meter relay (Lauren Wright, Alize Rodriguez, Samantha Hickey and Mackenzie Gould), plus Cynthia Dias in the 100 hurdles, Kaitlyn Rosato in the high jump and Hickey in the 400. 
The boys are 2-10 after losses to the same teams.

Five matches in a three-day span.
That's what Wolcott had to deal with in order to finish the regular season on time for the NVL Tournament. The Eagles faced Naugatuck twice on Monday, Torrington twice on Tuesday and St. Paul once on Thursday. Wolcott went 1-4, with the lone victory coming over Torrington in Tuesday's first matchup by a score of 4-3.
The Eagles finished the regular season at 8-9. The NVL Tournament begins this Monday on the road.

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