RUTLAND — The Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys tennis team was swept by Rutland, 7-0, at the Grand Slam Tennis Center on Friday.
"The Brattleboro squad was down to just enough players to fill each match due to illness and a high school chorus performance back home," stated BUHS coach Charlie La Rosa. "I was very happy with the spirit and unity displayed by the guys."
The most exciting match came at first doubles, where Brattleboro's tandem of Jacob Bailey-Cole Merkle fell to Rutland's Austin Roussel and Eli Henning 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (10-1). Coach La Rosa was also pleased with the play of Alex Shuey and Tom Szpila, despite their singles losses.
The 0-1 Colonels will host rival MAU today at 4:30 p.m.
RUTLAND 7, BELLOWS FALLS 0
WESTMINSTER >> Simon Bupp-Chickering, Franco Murengo, Quinn Lambert and Ira Richardson all lost a singles match for the host Terriers on Saturday. Bupp-Chickering and Murengo put up the biggest fights, with the former falling 2-6, 6-7 at the top spot and the latter losing 2-6, 4-6 at No. 2. Bellows Falls (0-1) will play at Brattleboro on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
RUTLAND 4, BRATTLEBORO 3
BRATTLEBORO >> The Colonels swept the doubles matches in Friday's season opener at BUHS, but ended up losing 4-3 to visiting Rutland.
"It was so cold and windy, with a bit of snow falling. I'm very proud of our team. They all gave full effort, we just came up short," said Brattleboro coach Tom Weber. "You have to hand it to Rutland, they had a couple of good comebacks from a set down."
In doubles play, Brattleboro's Kelsea McAuliffe and Camille Gunzburg defeated Rutland's top duo of Isabelle Gulick-Emma Macpherson 6-7, 6-2, 12-10. At second doubles, Brattleboro's Hannah Blake and Colette Anton won by forfeit.
Jazmin Smith picked up the lone singles win for the Colonels, besting Rutland's Erianna Dupres 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) in the fourth spot.
"Overall we competed well, so this is very encouraging looking forward. We are a young team, I think we will get tougher and tougher and we will give everyone a run for their money. I am very excited for what's ahead," stated Weber.
Their arch rivals are what's ahead right now. The 0-1 Colonels will play at MAU today at 4:30 p.m.
OTTER VALLEY 4, BELLOWS FALLS 1
WESTMINSTER >> Pitcher Murphy Hicks went the distance and fanned 11 for the Terriers in Saturday's season opener. Macie Streeter, Lila Guerrina and Dakoda Carter all singled for the hosts, with the team's lone RBI going to Carter. The 0-1 Terriers will host Twin Valley on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
SOUTH BURLINGTON 14, BRATTLEBORO 0
SOUTH BURLINGTON >> On Saturday, Kyle Murakami led the South Burlington scoring with seven goals and four assists while Calvin Hultgren added three goals and Max Capano tallied twice. Rebel keeper Ryan Hockenbury earned the shutout with nine saves while Brattleboro goalie Kolton Ravenna made 19 stops.
"South Burlington has a solid squad with good athleticism. They put the game away early and didn't allow us to possess the ball. We're a program that needs to figure some things out, get to practice and get better day by day," said BUHS coach Chris Sawyer.
The 0-1 Colonels get right back into action with trips to Northampton, Mass. and Belchertown, Mass. today and Wednesday respectively.