SPRINGVILLE—The participation in Springville’s tennis program about doubled from the previous season and the end result was a 10-5 overall season and a 7-5 record in Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division-II.
East Aurora was a perfect 12-0 to take the division, but a three-way tie for second place with 7-5 records occurred between Springville, Cheektowaga and Maryvale. Cheektowaga had the best head-to-head record among the three tied schools at 3-1, followed by Springville at 2-2 and Maryvale at 1-3.
Three of Springville’s division losses came in 3-2 matches.
Last week Springville lost to East Aurora 4-1 on May 21, prior to that, they took a pair of 3-2 matches from Maryvale in a doubleheader May 17. The sweep of the Flyers was crucial to Springville’s three-way tie for second in the division.
The 4-1 loss to the Blue Devils was an improvement over a 5-0 loss earlier in the year with the Griffs getting their only win at second doubles by 6-1 and 6-4 scores.
Wyatt Cudney and Scott Russell swept Mikey Ensminger and Randy Gacioch by 6-1 and 6-4 scores. Springville lost the rest of the matches in straight sets, but had its closest outing in the first set of second doubles where Connor Hughey and Matt Sion dropped a 7-6 set before going down in the second set 6-3. None of Springville’s singles players were able to win more than three games where the Griffins lost a combined 36 games between three singles players compared with nine collective wins over six sets.
The Maryvale doubleheader was exciting as the teams played each match up to eight wins in pro-set style. Only Michael Spagnola and Maxx Solly won in both contests for Springville, with Spagnola winning 8-6 and 8-5 in first singles, and Solly taking second singles by 8-7 and 8-0. Grant Karb split at third singles with an 8-5 loss and 8-1 win over different opponents.
In doubles play, Hughey and Russell lost both matches by 8-5 and 8-6 scores at first doubles. In second doubles Cudney teamed with Wyatt Fuller to earn a split with an 8-3 win and 8-7 loss.
Post awards went to Spagnola as the most valuable player, as the junior became the first Griffin in at least 10 years to win an opening match in the ECIC competition before going down in the second round.
Karb picked up the most improved player award, while the Joseph Krohn Memorial Award for sportsmanship, character and dedication went to Cudney.