SPRINGVILLE—The Springville-Griffith Institute boys tennis team opened its season by sweeping Eden in every match for a 5-0 win on the road. The Griffs finished with a 10-0 record in set play as the team had some new faces in its starting lineup for a non-conference bout.
While a master of sport college degree has an M.S. designation, the singles players for Springville demonstrated their mastery of the sport with all three having a similar designation of their own. With two new faces starting the season at second and third singles and joining returning Erie County Interscholastic Conference all-star Michael Spagnola, the singles trio all have the same initials – M.S.
Maxxon Solly and Matthew Sion almost schooled their opponents as well as Spagnola, and the three won their collective games by a margin of 26, after going 36-10 in combined singles competition.
Spagnola breezed by Eden’s Chris Wilkins in straight sets with 6-1 scores, while Solly and Sion lost four games each on their way to victory.
Solly bested Red Raider Sam Schwanz with a pair of 6-2 sets in second singles, while Sion started with a 6-1 win and ended with a 6-3 victory in third singles over Vinni Koren.
What is probably the most impressive feat to come from the season-opener against Eden is Solly landing the second singles slot after rejoining the team after three years.
“I think [Spagnola] played a really good strong game and was able to just warm-up for divisional matches. [Solly] played well, especially with coming back from a three year hiatus and now starting second singles,” assistant coach Ryan Dygert said.
The doubles players didn’t dominate as well as the singles players, but in the end the result was the same with a pair of wins in straight sets.
Connor Hughey paired with Grant Karb in first doubles and after beating Eden 6-4 in the first set, the pair won the closest set of the day in their second set at 7-6.
Wyatt Cudney and Scott Russell also won in straight sets in second doubles 6-4, 6-3.
“The other starting five (Sion, Karb, Hughey, Cudney and Russell) are all returners and look ready to go and haven't lost a step since last season, if not gained one,” Dygert added. “Jackson Richert, Nate Myers, Wyatt Fuller and Michael Place all performed well in exhibition doubles, and will be hoping to contend for starting spots later this season.”
Of that group, Richert is hoping for similar success as Solly after also returning to the team after three years off the court.
The team continued on the road at Cheektowaga High School April 11, and then on to Depew High School April 12, before finishing the week with their home-opener against Tonawanda April 13.