Boys tennis: Weston shows formula for success

Oscar Morris was at first singles for the Weston High boys tennis team in its match against Pomperaug on Monday. Weston won 6-1.—Rocco Paul Valluzzo

Oscar Morris was at first singles for the Weston High boys tennis team in its match against Pomperaug on Monday. Weston won 6-1.—Rocco Paul Valluzzo

Sticking to what works paid off for the Weston High boys tennis team in a couple of matches against Pomperaug.

The Trojans, who played the same opponent twice in the span of five days, used the same lineup in each contest. While Pomperaug made some adjustments with the hope of better luck the second time, the result was the same as Weston posted two 6-1 victories, the first time in Southbury on Thursday, May 2, and again at home on Monday.

First singles featured the same scores in each match. Weston’s Oscar Morris won both, prevailing 6-3, 6-1 over Alex Burnham.

David Freeman had the same scores in his two matches, only against two different opponents. The first time he nearly swept Tony Ribas 6-1, 6-0 and did likewise in a win against Joe Sullivan.

Jack Lawless swept Kryshnan Appalaraja at third singles last Thursday. He posted 6-1, 6-1 scores over Matt Doan on Monday.

Doan was at fourth singles in last week’s match and lost 6-3, 6-3 to Jon Lipsitz, who then swept Alex Danieli 6-0, 6-0 on Monday.

First doubles players Henry Morris and Greg Portner beat Patrick Lebel and Sean Dolan 6-4, 6-1 the first time around and were 6-0, 6-3 winners over Appalaraja and Tony Ribas.

Eric Nalbandian and Ben Lander would face Joe Sullivan and Ricky Ribas in a close first match. The Weston pair lost the first set but won the next two 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. They had an easier time against Dolan and Ricky Ribas in the rematch, winning 6-2, 6-2.

Pomperaug’s lone wins were at third doubles, which featured the same lineup. Nick Letho and Mike Lyga needed three sets and a tiebreaker to beat Ishan Mirchandani and Jordan Suss 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) and then won 7-6, 6-2.

In between these matches the Trojans hosted Fairfield County Interscholastic Conference power Staples on Friday. The Wreckers lived up to their reputation for a 5-2 win.

It was only the second loss of the season for Weston, which also fell 5-2 to New Canaan, another FCIAC team.

The Trojans’ only wins were at singles. Lawless defeated Charles Sonenccar 6-1, 6-1 and Lipsitz was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Joey Schulman.

Weston, now 13-2, visits Amity in Woodbridge on Monday to end the regular season before entering the South-West Conference playoffs.

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