CHEEKTOWAGA—Although Springville’s boys tennis team finished the week at 2-1, they began the week looking to avenge an early season loss at Cheektowaga. The match not only resulted in a 3-2 loss, but had the same wins and losses at the same positions, despite some jockeying by both sides in roster personnel.
Even the way the sets played out was identical to the last meeting between the two teams, with Springville taking third singles and second doubles in straight sets, while bowing to first and second singles in straight sets. The only bout that went to a third and deciding set was first doubles.
Grant Karb beat Joseph Pham in a pair of 6-4 sets in third singles and replaced Matt Sion, who won the third singles bout the last time the teams met April 11. Wyatt Cudney and Scott Russell were the only repeat winners from the earlier match, although they faced a different pair of opponents in Eric Kubiak and Nathan Obstarczyk with a pair of set wins at 7-5 and 6-3.
Both Springville’s first and second singles players dropped their matches by 6-1 and 6-2 scores. Zach Nazzarett defeated Michael Spagnola while Justin Siejak bested Maxx Solly. Sion teamed with Connor Hughey and although the pair lost its first set 6-1, they rallied to force a third and deciding set after winning the second set 6-2.
In the deciding set that could have resulted in a Springville team win, Hughey and Sion went down 6-4.
Springville recorded two team wins at Lakeshore April 30 via pro set protocol. Instead of playing multiple sets, players participated in a one-set take-all format to eight games by a margin of two games. With the pro set style in effect, the teams played twice, with the Griffs walking away 2-0.
Springville played the same players at the same positions in both pro-set wins of 5-0, but Lakeshore did not have any of its starters in the same positions for the second match.
Spagnola beat Owen Bitnun (8-0) and Matt Timm (8-5) at first singles. Solly bested Timm (8-5) and Dakota Glashauser (8-2) at second singles, while Karb was victorious at third singles over Ryan Dion (8-1) and Mat Chudy (8-0).
In doubles play, Hughey and Sion beat Glashauser and Becket Panfil by 8-3, and then disposed of Panfil and Bitnun 8-4 in first doubles. In second doubles, Cudney and Russell won by 8-1 and 8-4.
This week, Springville will host Pioneer May 3 and Maryvale May 4 with each match slated to start around 4 p.m.