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After just three wins in the 2012 season, the North Branford boys' tennis team was able to string together six wins in 2013, reaching its season goal.
"Our goal was to be competitive in each and every match," said Head Coach Rick Geremia. "We doubled our 2012 number of wins, but it was the high level of competitiveness that was exceptional."
Sophomore John Opie had the most wins (11) on the team playing in the singles No. 3 or No. 4 slot, taking team MVP honors. Opie will team with other returning players in the singles game so North Branford should improve upon its singles record next season.
Both No. 1 Andy Westwood and No. 2 Jake Caplan are returning as seniors and Manny Silva-who played No. 5 singles-will be a junior next season.
The returning players have Geremia excited that his team will be even more competitive next season. The T-Birds will lose two to graduation in No. 3 and 4 singles player Dan Constantinidi and doubles player Connor Sullivan.
"Both captains were tremendous leader and role models for the younger players," Geremia said.
Marc Fillion was one of the beneficiaries of their leadership, being a first-year junior and receiving the Desire and Dedication Award. Fillion teamed with Killian Mitchell all year in doubles and the duo will be back for next season.