|Wolcott's Tyler Sgrott serves the ball to Holy Cross' Andrew Russo|
during their No. 6 singles match on Thursday at Holy Cross.
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Because of all the rescheduling that has occurred this spring, the Eagles and Crusaders will have played each other in back-to-back matches. The first of those two showdowns occurred on Thursday at Wolcott High School, and it went in favor of Wolcott by a score of 6-3. The Eagles remained undefeated at 11-0 while the Crusaders dropped to 5-2.
This was supposed to be the season where someone would dethrone Wolcott. That could still happen, but the Eagles -- who lost four out of five top players from last year -- haven't lost yet.
Seniors Alex Hale and Raheel Chowdhury have led the way for Wolcott. The same held true on Thursday, with each claiming 8-3 wins against Holy Cross. Hale defeated Dan Huang 8-3 and Chowdhury knocked off Zekai Zhang 8-3.
At No. 5 singles, Wolcott's Kevin Quinn won 8-6 in a tightly contested match against Dan Chen. No. 6 singles went to Tyler Sgrott, 8-2 over Andrew Russo.
|Wolcott's Kevin Quinn hits a backhand to Holy Cross' Dan Chen|
during their No. 5 singles match on Thursday. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
Wolcott's lineup on Thursday included two juniors and a sophomore. The juniors are Shoban and Quinn, and the sophomore is Alex Fishbein.
Wolcott's closest match so far this season was 5-4 against Torrington at home on April 20. The Eagles and Red Raiders split their singles matches, so the contest came down to doubles. Hale and Fishbein won No. 1 doubles 8-2, Chowdhury and Quinn took No. 2 by a margin of 8-3. Wolcott improved to 8-0 at the time with the victory over Torrington.
The Eagles face Holy Cross on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross. A rematch with Torrington awaits on May 4 in Torrington, followed by the home finale on May 7 against Naugatuck. There are also matches against Watertown (April 30) and Wilby (May 1).
GALLERY: Click here to see photos from Thursday's match.