BRISTOL - With one match remaining, the Bristol Central boys tennis team needed a win over New Britain to qualify for the state tournament as a team.
The Rams did just that with a 5-2 win, which secured Bristol Central’s spot in the state tournament as a team for the first time since the 2007-08 season. It’s the first winning season for Bristol Central in over a decade.
"I couldn't be happier with how this team pulled together and had such a successful season,” Rams head coach Jeremy Sloate said. “They worked hard all season and it paid off for them by doing something that hasn't been done in 10 years. We know the work isn't over yet and we look forward to seeing what the State Tournament has in store for us this Saturday."
The Rams won all three doubles matches against the Hurricanes.
Mike Kaminski and David Gao (No. 1 doubles) won their match and finished 11-4 in the regular season.
Anthony Fasci and Joey Guerin (No. 2 doubles) picked up their 11th win of the regular season and lost just three matches.
Ron Maule and Derick Mensah (No. 3 doubles) finished their regular season off with a victory and improved their record to 6-2.
Paul Kjornrattawanich (No. 3 singles) and Jimmy Maule (No. 4 singles) each picked up a win individually against New Britain.