Ludlowe boys tennis blasts Brien McMahon
Published 2:45 pm, Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Fairfield Ludlowe boys tennis head coach John Honey will admit, this year's team is down in comparison to previous seasons.
"My kids have been playing better. Not as well as I would like, particularly at doubles," he said. "A week left in the season, doubles don't look very, let's say dominating. And they should be at this point."
However, the Falcons were in top form against their latest competition, Brien McMahon.
The Senators' No. 1 doubles team of Jacob Moulden and Casey Rawson recorded a victory in straight sets--6-4, 6-2--but the Falcons controlled the remainder of the match, defeating the Senators 6-1 Monday for their sixth win of the season.
For Moulden and Rawson, who have been playing together for the last three years, the individual win leaves the duo just two shy of qualifying for the state tournament.
"We're playing a really competitive team. They know what they need to do for the rest of the season, they know they need a certain amount of wins, so they came out and played well today," McMahon head coach William Pierce said of his top doubles team.
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Ludlowe, which rebounded from a loss to perennial power New Canaan last week, was led by a straight-sets victory by Reid Andren (No. 1 singles) over McMahon's Thomas Luchars, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) in a clean sweep of the singles matches.
Pierce said of Luchars, "He's been playing great this season. He's beaten some big competitors, he's taken some to three sets. Today, losing to a tiebreak in the second set I think is tough for him. It wasn't that far off, but you get one point and that could be all positive or negative."
"Singles, one through five, are the strongest part of our team right now," Honey said. "Those are where my players are and I wish I had a couple more players playing doubles that could really dominate."
McMahon's No. 2 singles player, Jonathan Young, forced a pivotal third set before falling to Dan Adajian 0-6, 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, and in the No. 3 match, Jermaine Martin-Riley, who recently returned from injury, lost to the Falcons' Alex Barker 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 0-6.
"The kids from McMahon are getting really better and better every year. It's hard when they don't have the background. The kids just played their hearts out and it wasn't a match I was absolutely confident of until the very end," Honey said.