Boys tennis: Key showdown goes to Weston

A light week in terms of number of matches was still an important one for the Weston High boys tennis team.

The Trojans played only one contest, hosting Joel Barlow on Wednesday, May 2. It still gave them a good idea of where they stand in the Sount-West Conference as they handled the threat for a 5-2 win to stay unbeaten in league play and give the Falcons their first loss of the season.

“Barlow is a very good team,” said Weston coach Gary Meunier. “I don’t think ether team was at their best today. It is a positive sign for us that we found a way to win the tough matches.”

Barlow, which often has strong doubles teams, gave the Trojans some trouble in the singles department last week. It won two of the four contests.

One was at first singles. Barlow’s Dennis Henning survived a close first set against Cameron Hagen and then cruised to victory in the next to take the match 7-6, 6-1.

Then Falcons were also formidable at second doubles with Chris Biedermann defeating David Freeman 6-4, 6-4.

The closest match came at third singles, lasting three sets. Weston’s Oscar Morris went up early on Alex Gold and had to hold off a serious threat before winning 6-0, 2-6, 7-5.

It was more cut and dry in the number four spot. Jon Lipzitz did not allow a game in a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Barlow’s Joe Greenspan.

“Our singles line-up has some work ahead of them in the next few weeks, but I think everyone in the line-up knows it’s just a question of time before they are all playing tougher tennis,” said Meunier.

Weston dominated the doubles matches, winning all three. Jack Lawless and Henry Morris had the upper hand in the number one spot by beating Steven Dreznick and Grayson Kramer 6-3, 6-0.

Weston’s Jacob Greisman and Ben Smith had a good scare from Finn Cohane and Brian Jacobs before dominating the second set in a 7-5, 6-0 win. Making it a sweep at doubles for Weston, Robin Willis and Nico Zirn defeated Todd Waterman and Sam Ulfsson 6-3, 6-1.

“I am impressed with the performance of the doubles teams,” said Meunier. “They are finally playing the kind of aggressive doubles we have been working toward. “

Now 8-1, the Trojans host Glastonbury today (Thursday) and finish the regular season on Monday at Pomperaug. Both matches start at 4:15 p.m.

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