BRATTLEBORO >> On Monday afternoon at Brattleboro Union High School, the BUHS varsity boys tennis team trampled Hartford 6-1.
The lone loss for the Colonels came at No. 1 singles, where Danny Nguyen defeated Oliver Goodman 6-1, 6-4 in the most exciting match of the day.
"It was a very intense match of power tennis and tactical give and take. After a slow start in the first match, Goodman, like last week, bore down and fought his way back in the second, frustrating Nguyen with strong, deep, cross-court shots, excellent ground strokes, and some kickers to Nguyen's backhand. All eyes were on Court 1 and the coaches' huddle was definitely impressed. On the verge of going to 5 all, Nguyen pulled it out for the win," said Colonels coach Charlie La Rosa.
In the other singles matches, Brattleboro's Martin Sipowicz, Gideon May, Alex Shuey and Tom Szpila all made quick work of their Hartford opponent. Ari Essunfeld and Josh Nordheim earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory for the Colonels at No. 1 doubles, while Brattleboro's second doubles tandem of Zeb Hathaway-Cole Merkle won by default.
"All the Colonel players played well. Sipowicz, in the second slot, mixed up his shots very well, going deep cross-court and pouncing on any overheads for angled winners. Co-captain Gideon May won his second match of the season in convincing style and I'm hoping this is the start to a good run of wins for him," added La Rosa.
Brattleboro will host Burr and Burton today at 4:30 p.m.
RUTLAND >> After a long break, Twin Valley fell to Mount Saint Joseph 9-2 on Monday. The game was called after six innings due to darkness.
With the score tied at 2-2, the hosts exploded for six runs in the fifth to take a commanding lead. MSJ later added a single run in the bottom of the sixth.
Chris Robinson and Hayden Reed each hit safely for Twin Valley. Robinson doubled and scored one run while Reed also crossed the plate.
The 1-2 Wildcats will play at Springfield on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.