Colonels crush rival MAU
BRATTLEBORO >> While many people were getting ready to go see Batman v. Superman at the Latchis Theatre on Tuesday, several others decided to head over to Brattleboro Union High School to watch another superhero.
With his powers being a nasty serve, a devastating backhand, and superior athletic ability, Oliver Goodman prevailed at No. 1 singles during the BUHS boys varsity tennis team's 7-0 rout of visiting MAU.
"I'm happy with the way that we came back after losing 7-0 to Rutland in our opener," said Colonels coach Charlie La Rosa. "Kudos to MAU. They did very well given how young they are."
On a 50-degree day that felt more like 30 because of the cold wind, Goodman made quick work of MAU's P.J. Seward — winning 6-2, 6-2 in the top spot. The BUHS senior overpowered his opponent with a big serve, handcuffed him with laser-like backhands, and made his foe pay for mistakes. Goodman also made the play of the day, as he somehow chased down a deep lob and was able to flick the ball back over the net.
"Oliver is a very strong player. Not just strong physically, but a strong player. He has got all of the strokes," stated coach La Rosa.
The most exciting match took place at fifth singles, where Brattleboro's Tom Szpila fought hard for a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) win over Luke Williams. The players fired forehands back and forth all day long, with highlights being a perfectly placed shot down the line by Szpila and later a beautiful drop shot from Williams.
"There were some long, long rallies in that one. It was a real slugfest. It definitely could have went either way," noted La Rosa.
The Colonels dominated the other three singles matches. Gideon May downed Jacob Dameur 6-0, 6-2 in the second slot; Alex Shuey prevailed 6-0, 6-2 over Brendan Hay at No. 3; and Martin Sipowicz bested Griffin Mattison 6-0, 6-1 at fourth singles.
"Martin has great ground strokes and his overhead is very good. He used good moves to the net on short balls and he also uses good angle shots," the BUHS coach said.
Cole Merkle's powerful forehands and Josh Nordheim's solid play up front allowed Brattleboro to top MAU's Aaron Hewitt and Peter Drew at first doubles. At second doubles, Brattleboro's Jacob Bailey and Zeb Hathaway outscored the duo of Jeson Li-Kai Bing 6-0, 6-0.
"Bailey and Hathaway just hit a lot of good shots. They were hitting the ball down the middle and kind of splitting them," noted La Rosa.
The 1-1 Colonels will host Rutland on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
1. Oliver Goodman 6-2, 6-2 over P.J. Seward
2. Gideon May 6-0, 6-2 over Jacob Dameur
3. Alex Shuey 6-0, 6-2 over Brendan Hay
4. Martin Sipowicz 6-0, 6-1 over Griffin Mattison
5. Tom Szpila 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) over Luke Williams
1. Cole Merkle/Josh Nordheim 6-0, 6-2 over Aaron Hewitt/Peter Drew
2. Jacob Bailey/Zeb Hathaway 6-0, 6-0 over Jeson Li/Kai Bing
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