After making short work of opponents since early in the season the Weston High boys tennis team got a taste of the competition from outside the South-West Conference when it hosted Glastonbury last week.The Trojans, who had won nine straight matches, had a tough time on Thursday May 10. While four of the seven matches went to tiebreakers or a third set the hosts lost in each for a 7-0 defeat.
It was only the second loss of the season for Weston, which also fell 7-0 to New Canaan in the season-opener.
“Glastonbury is a tough team, but we should have done better than we did,” said Weston coach Gary Meunier. “The conditions were absolutely terrible, the wind was upwards of 20 miles an hour, but it blows on both sides of the court. They did a better job of adjusting to the conditions.”
In addition, the Trojans were also without David Freeman and Robin Willis, who were out with injuries, and had to use a different lineup, particularly at singles.
Reid Risinger got the win at first singles by beating Cameron Hagen 6-4, 6-1. Moving up to second singles, Oscar Morris had a good start against Vinny Landone by winning the first set but the latter adjusted for the rest of the contest to win 0-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Jon Lipsitz was in the number three spot and fell 6-2, 6-3 to Sam Julien. Usually at first doubles, Jack Lawless moved up to fourth singles and had a close first set against Tyler Keane but lost 7-6, 6-1.
Ben Smith and Jacob Greisman formed the first doubles team that lost a 7-6, 6-3 decision to Bobby Schneider and Will Morris. Scores were similar at second doubles as Henry Morris and Ben Lander lost 7-6, 6-2 to Derek Chapman and Tommy Webb.
Nico Zirn and Eli Chodock had a tough time at third doubles as Danny Fitzgerald and Alex Trett won 6-1, 6-0.
“We need to get more competitive against the bigger schools and the highly ranked teams,” said Meunier. “It’s fair to say we do not have the depth this year to compete with the really large schools, but we could be much tougher than we are showing.”
Weston, now 10-2 overall, finishes the regular season this week and is the top seed in the SWC playoffs starting today at home at 3:30 against an opponent to be determined.