BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys and girls tennis teams went 10-4 and 5-7 respectively, with each losing in the first round of the playoffs.

Sophomore Martin Sipowicz had the lone postseason victory for the Colonels. At second singles, he defeated Noah Laporte of Essex 2-6, 7-6, 10-4.

"It was a long and exhausting match in the hottest weather of the year so far and the efforts of both players were loudly applauded by the spectators that had gathered to see how the match would end," said BUHS boys tennis coach Charlie La Rosa.

Oliver Goodman, Gideon May, Alex Shuey and Tom Szpila also competed in a singles match during that Division 1 playdown. Brattleboro's doubles teams consisted of Josh Nordheim/Zeb Hathaway and Cole Merkle/Jack Spanierman.

"We have come a long, long way since last year and we are still a young team. The majority of our players are still sophomores and freshmen and we have every reason to anticipate more success in the coming seasons," noted coach La Rosa.

The purple and white put together a seven-match winning streak at one point. They defeated Hartford, BBA, Woodstock (2), MAU, Fair Haven and Bellows Falls during the run.

Prior to getting swept by Essex in the opening round of the tournament, the Colonel girls defeated Otter Valley 5-2 behind singles victories from Claudia Craviotto Roca, Jazmin Smith and Annie Takacs. Tre Harrison and Colette Anton added a win in doubles play.


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The BUHS girls looked like a serious contender when taking on MAU early in the season. Jaida Henry made veteran Margaret Curtin work hard in their No. 1 singles match, foreign exchange student Craviotto Roca cleaned up her game, and Smith was outstanding during her victory at fourth singles.

"She was steady at times and came up with some big shots at other times. I was very impressed," said BUHS coach Tom Weber of Smith.

And following a 6-0 victory over MSJ, Weber was raving about Kelsea McAuliffe's performance.

"Kelsea showed today what she can do. She was covering the court well and I was watching her make shot after shot," said the Colonel coach.