H.S. Tennis Roundup: Old Lyme boys clinch share of Shoreline title

Old Lyme - The Old Lyme High School boys' tennis team wrapped up at least a share of the Shoreline Conference title Wednesday with a 4-3 win over Portland.

The Wildcats (18-1, 18-1) avenged a 4-3 loss to Portland on April 25 and can wrap up the title with a win over East Hampton - a team they beat 5-2 on May 7 - on Thursday. Portland (16-2, 16-2) also has matches left against Coginchaug and Westbrook.

"The last time we were only able to take three of the five singles matches. This time we took four,'' Old Lyme coach John Pfeiffer said.

Morgan White, Alex Brault, Taavi Koiv-Haus and Stuart Ross each won in straight sets for Old Lyme. Koiv-Haus improved to 19-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 win.

Portland may have lost its chance to share the title with Old Lyme when it suffered a 6-1 loss to Old Saybrook on May 7.

"Part of it is mental,'' Pfeiffer said. "We knew we had to do this. It certainly was within our ability. (Portland) had lost to Saybrook and we beat Saybrook handily. So Saybrook did us a big favor.''

In other matches:

• East Lyme won two matches, both on the road, to finish the season undefeated with a record of 15-0.

The Vikings beat Killingly 7-0 in a match which began at 1 p.m. Andy King, Suryansh Patel, Hirishi Somayaji and Nick Hotary all won singles matches.

East Lyme then traveled to Bacon Academy for a match at 3:45 p.m. and also blanked the Bobcats 7-0.

King, Patel and Hotary won singles matches for the Vikings, while David Beaulieu and Gawthem Yenduri won at No. 1 doubles and Elbert Chen and Nathan Aleo won at No. 2 doubles.

• Griswold beat Montville 5-2 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Small Division match. Willem Dorff and Kevin Laraia won singles matches for Griswold (5-11, 3-5) and Corey Lorraine won his match for Montville (3-11, 3-5).

• Stonington received singles wins from Casey Sartor and Doug Schweid in a 6-1 win over Bacon Academy in the ECC Medium. Jamie Mackillop and Anthony Gallicchio won at No. 1 doubles and Chris Manfredi and Alan Carroll won at No. 2 for the Bears (9-8, 4-3).

Earlier in the day, Stonington topped Windham 7-0. John Skogerboe, Casey Sartor and Schweid won in straight sets, while John Hayes defeated Greg Cavanaugh 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 singles.

• The ECC tournament begins today at 3 p.m., with singles matches at New London High School and doubles at Connecticut College. The tournament will continue through Tuesday.

East Lyme's Andy King is the top seed in singles, followed by NFA's J.P. Precourt, St. Bernard's Nicholas Zuczek, Ledyard's Eric Sun and Waterford's Dana Aing.

The Waterford team of Tucker Murphy and Brett Pias is seeded first in doubles, with Lyman Memorial's Tim Hennessey and Kyle Barret second.

Girls

• Stonington beat St. Bernard 6-1 and Windham 7-0 in an ECC Medium Division match to finish the season 15-0 overall, 8-0 in the Medium Division.

Annika Burgess, Chloe Slater and Mollie Kam won singles matches for Stonington against St. Bernard, which got a singles win from Jacquie Csisar.

Burgess, Slater, Kam and Taylor Startz won in singles against Windham and the teams of Abby Volk-Lauren Valenti, Emily Gardiner-Meg Rolfe and Gina Feliciano-Tori Cross took home wins in doubles.

• St. Bernard beat Windham 6-1. Susy Kusmierski, Kenzie Gagne and Csisar won singles matches for St. Bernard (11-4).

• NFA swept the three doubles matches to edge Bacon 4-3. Jillian Stevenson had the lone singles win for the Wildcats (6-10) while Bacon (1-14) picked up singles wins from Pooja Rajadhyaksha, Amanda Koss and Amanda Greiner.

• Stonington's Annika Burgess will be the No. 1 singles seed as the ECC tournament gets underway today, with singles matches being played at Stonington High School and doubles at the Stonington Community Center.

East Lyme's Joan Li is the No. 2 seed, followed by Stonington's Chloe Slater at No. 3, St. Bernard's Susy Kusmierski at No. 4 and Woodstock Academy's Gen Cohen at No. 5.

In doubles, Waterford's Katie Hudson and Casey Corrado are the top seed. East Lyme's Liz Miller and Katherine Wu are ranked second. The singles and doubles finals are scheduled for Saturday at Stonington at a time to be announced.

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