New Canaan boys tennis team wins match-up of unbeatens
STAMFORD - The New Canaan and Westhill boys tennis teams entered Tuesday's match much like the day they were playing on: perfect. Both teams were undefeated as they squared off Tuesday in Stamford. With some inspiring performances, the defending FCIAC and state champs beat Westhill 5-2, keeping their record unblemished at 10-0.
"Everyone played as well as they have all season," Rams coach Dan Borgman. "Today, we had a really good opponent to play against and we rose to the occasion."
Things didn't start off well for New Canaan, as Chase Urban, the No. 1 singles player on the team, lost to John Petrini in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. The senior Petrini, who will attend Quinnipiac on a scholarship, used a booming serve and blistering ground strokes to make quick work of Urban, who was severely hampered by a pulled leg muscle he suffered early in the match.
"I got hurt in the first game and I didn't want to push it further," said Urban. "I had trouble moving around and he took advantage. But give [Petrini] credit. He's a really good player who's going Division I."
Will Burger played like a Division I player in the court beside Urban and Petrini. The New Canaan sophomore meticulously took apart Westhill's Brandon Pomerance 6-1, 6-4 to even the match up for the Rams.
In an exciting match between number three players, Steve Evans outlasted Prashant Toteja in three sets. The Rams senior overcame a bevy of unforced errors in the second set to take the match 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.
"It was very difficult for me to put the ball away," said Evans. "Toteja was very quick and he got to a lot of balls. It became a grind but I stuck it out and eventually got the win. I'm real happy."
Tom Worchester played with a steely resolve and had a flair for the dramatic in his match against Miles Singer, whom he attended the Bollettieri tennis academy with last summer. The New Canaan sophomore made several awe-inspiring shots, including two cross-court winners late in the final game to seal the match, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
"I've played Miles before; he's a great player," Worchester said. "He's very consistent. I just wore him down and made big winners when it counted."
New Canaan improved to 10-0, and Westhill dropped to 5-1.