St. Luke's tennis defeats King
Updated 3:43 pm, Wednesday, April 22, 2015
St. Luke's boys varsity tennis earned its first team win of the young season on a sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon by edging rival King, 4-3.
Three tense doubles matches ultimately secured the win for St. Luke's, which entered the day with an (0-3) record after early season defeats to New Canaan, Wilton, and Greens Farms.
Noah Schott, a junior, fell to King's Harry Walker in the number one singles bout. But Ryan Manocherian rallied in a three set affair to down Graham Henderson in second singles. A hard fought third singles match pitted senior captain and New Canaan native Clay Kontulis against Owen Bass. Kontulis ultimately fell in three sets, as did Storm's Boris Ardemasov fourth singles match.
St. Luke's needed to sweep the doubles matches to secure a win. The three veteran teams did not disappoint. The Storm's first pairing of Chris Bloomer and Bailey Vehslage scraped past Richard Jove and Andrew Withiam, King's captain, to secure the first win. Henry Vehslage and Jose Minuesa, a potent second pairing so far this season, dispatched Matt McDermott and Gabe Salvi in similar fashion. The match fell on the third doubles pairing, New Canaanite Andrew Laub, a senior, and Peter Denious, an eighth grader. Despite an age (and height) differential, the pair won in two straight sets.
The win was a salve for a St. Luke's team that lost both matchups against King last season. The Storm face another FAA test this Saturday, as they host always-dangerous Rye Country Day.