CHEEKTOWAGA—The Springville-Griffith Institute boys tennis team dropped its first match this season in an extremely close 3-2 match at Cheektowaga High School April 11.
The Griffins got a win at third singles and a win at second doubles, but the match hinged on the first doubles results with it being the lone series to go to a third and deciding set.
Springville’s first doubles pair of Connor Hughey and Grant Karb was on the cusp of victory. Hughey and Karb took the first set 6-4 against Jacob Allen and Nathan Obstarczyk, but dropped the second by the same 6-4 score and in the deciding set could only muster three wins.
The Griffins play at doubles was its strongest suit against the Warriors as second doubles players Wyatt Cudney and Scott Russell swept Kyle McGill and Alec Zimmerman by a pair of 6-3 sets.
Joining Cudney and Russell in remaining undefeated on the season at 2-0 was Matt Sion at third singles. Sion’s victory over Cheektowaga’s Joseph Pham was a game better than Springville’s doubles winners by straight-set wins of 6-3 and 6-2.
Suffering their first losses of the season at singles play was Michael Spagnola and Maxx Solly.
Spagnola dropped a pair of straight sets to Zach Nazzarett by scores of 6-1 and 6-2 at first singles, while Solly won three more games at second singles before bowing by scores of 6-2 and 6-4 to Justin Siejak.
The entire match consisted of 11 sets with Cheektowaga holding the edge at 6-5 by taking 51 games to Springville’s 46.
Springville stands at 1-1 on the season after playing near perfect against Eden in the team’s season-opening match with a 5-0 win.
With a series of cancellations due to weather after the Cheektowaga match, Springville’s next match won’t be until April 23 at Iroquois. Springville had to cancel matches at Depew (April 12), Tonawanda (April 13) and at Maryvale (April 18).
The match at Iroquois April 23 is the first of five matches in as many days that the team hopes to play with cooperating weather. After Iroquois, the Griffs travel to Lakeshore April 24, and then host three-consecutive matches beginning with East Aurora April 25, Eden April 26 and finishing with Cheektowaga April 27. All starting times revolve around the opposition’s arrival and warm-up time, but generally begin around 4 p.m.