Brattleboro boys blank Terriers on courts
WESTMINSTER — The Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys tennis team defeated Bellows Falls 7-0 on Tuesday.
"Since BF is a young and inexperienced team, we were able to make a lot of roster adjustments today to get some of our newer players some valuable court experience," stated Colonels coach Charlie La Rosa. "Our team cohesion and mutual support showed themselves in big fashion as some of the older guys volunteered to give up their spots in order to give more of the newer guys a crack at a varsity match."
Due to the rain and wind, the teams decided to go to pro sets, meaning the victory would go to the first player or team to win eight games with a margin of two games.
In the top singles spots, Ari Essunfeld took care of Cooper Stafford 8-0 and Forest Zabriskie outscored Mike Mueller 8-1.
"Both Ari and Forest were rightfully satisfied with their singles play and for the opportunity to take on a new challenge. We will need both of them to carry the load next year," said La Rosa of the usual doubles teammates.
In his first varsity singles match, Jordan Roach had his hands full before breaking free for an 8-5 win over BF's Bailey Sbardallati. At fourth singles, Abe Moore-Odell downed Jack Bader.
In their inaugural doubles match, Brattleboro's Zach Thomas and Ty Smith fought back from a 3-0 deficit to top the Bellows Falls duo of Jackson Maiocco-Owen Edwards 8-6.
"At 6-5, Ty made a fantastic pick-up on a half volley to win a deuce point and bring them all the way back to 6-6," noted coach La Rosa. "Their competitiveness kicked up a notch at that and they took the final two games for an 8-6 win. Awesome!"
The Terriers forfeited at No. 5 singles and second doubles.
The Colonels will host Burr and Burton on Friday.
Twin Valley track at Mount Anthony, 3:30 p.m.
Leland & Gray baseball hosts South Royalton, 4 p.m.
Brattleboro softball at Fair Haven, 4:30 p.m.
Brattleboro girls lacrosse hosts Burr and Burton, 7 p.m.
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