H.S. tennis roundup: Patel, Zuczek to play for ECC boys' singles title

Waterford's Willie Dong, the No. 27 seed, returns a forehand to teammate Alan Luner, the No. 3 seed, during the quarterfinals of the ECC boys' tennis singles tournament Tuesday at Waterford. Dong upset Luner before losing to No. 2 Nicholas Zuczek of St. Bernard in the semifinals.

Top seeds Suryansh Patel of East Lyme and Nicholas Zuczek of St. Bernard will play for the Eastern Connecticut Conference boys' tennis championship today at 4 p.m. at Waterford High School.

Patel, the top seed, advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 29 Ben Biondi of East Lyme in the semifinals. Zuczek advanced with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) win over No. 27 Willie Dong of Waterford.

Top-seeded Brett Pias and Tucker Murphy of Waterford will attempt to defend their doubles championship today against No. 3 Nipan Hewage and Matthew Chan of East Lyme.

In other boys' results:

• The Shoreline Conference showdown between the two top teams went to Portland as Old Lyme dropped a 5-2 decision. Portland (19-1) clinched the regular season title. Old Lyme's two points came from undefeated Morgan White, who won 6-1, 6-4, at No. 1 singles and from the No. 2 doubles duo of Andrew Gainey and Nick Berry, 6-1, 6-4. The Wildcats (18-2 ) won the first meeting, 5-2.

"They're the better team," Old Lyme coach John Pfeiffer said. The Shoreline Conference tournament begins today.


• Defending champion Annika Burgess of Stonington is the top seed for the 2013 ECC tournament, which begins today at Stonington High School and the Stonington Community Center. The No. 2 seed is East Lyme's Joan Li, who split a pair of regular-season meetings against Burgess. In doubles, Stonington's Hannah Fabianski and Emily Buxton are seeded first while Waterford's Jessica Hudson and Katie Lewis are No. 2.

There will be three rounds of singles and two rounds of doubles played today (all eight-game pro sets), the semifinals are scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. and the championship matches will be played Friday at 3 p.m. Both the semis and finals will be at Stonington High School.

• Singles wins by Tathiana Jean-Baptiste, Lillian James and Susane Ortiz lifted New London to a 4-3 victory over Norwich Tech. Olivia Kenyon won the lone singles match for Norwich Tech. New London is 2-16.


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