BRISTOL – With only six matches to play Tuesday in its home match against Rocky Hill, the Bristol Eastern boys tennis team earned a 5-2 in its second of four matches this week and improved its record to 4-3 this season.
“We are executing much better than at the start of the season,” head coach Logan Bourke said. “We’re working on a lot things like serving, and in doubles, formation and correct placement. It’s nice to finally see it pay off.”
The Lancers started the day by sweeping the doubles matches with two wins and a forfeit. Seniors Nolan Abitabilo and Nathaniel Woodford won the top doubles match in straight sets over Ananth Rao and Ankith Nagabandi (6-2, 6-2), while seniors Luke Hammer and Joseph Verardi notched a pair of 6-1, 6-1 sets to capture the other doubles victory over Matt Michell and Omar Ahmed.
“We did a pretty good job at the net,” Woodford said. “We were doing well on our ground strokes, but we were kind of lazy on our serve, but the ones we got in we did pretty well. It was overall a very solid win, there’s nothing really to complain about.”
Senior Brandon Greger picked up a loss in the lead singles matchup of the day 3-6, 3-6, struggling to keep up with Rocky Hill’s Aryan Singh. Senior Andrew Anulewicz added a win to the Lancers’ total with an difficult three-set win over Ram Venkadesan (6-2, 6-7, 10-4). Anulewicz dropped the tiebreaker to secure the second set and then went on to win the tie-breaking third set.
“I was going for my shots and some didn’t go in,” Greger said. “I was playing like I did yesterday, against a really good kid, but my shots weren’t going in. I was a little inconsistent and my opponent was really consistent and that’s where I fell off.”
Sophomore Camden Michaud needed three sets and a super tiebreaker to defeat Parth Gohil in their singles match. Michaud won the first set 6-2 and then lost the next set 3-6, before winning the third set 7-6 and the tie breaker 10-3. Junior Nathaniel Lund displayed a strong use of backspin in a hard-fought two-set loss to Abhishek Singh (5-7, 3-6).
“Everyone is executing what we’re working on for the most part,” Bourke said. “People are working on strategies, where to place the ball to then follow up [with] a really good second shot, some people are just working on consistency and they were winning. I was happy to see just about everything we’ve worked on on an individual basis come through.”
The Lancers will host Newington on Wednesday at 3:30. This is their third match day in a row and they will have Thursday off before facing Wethersfield on Friday.