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Spagnola earns boys tennis ECIC accolades

SPRINGVILLE – Springville-Griffith Institute sophomore Michael Spagnola was named to the Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division IV all-singles team for his outstanding play during the spring.

Spagnola led the Griffs boys tennis team to a 10-4 overall record and 8-2 division record by going 11-3 in first singles. Spagnola dropped just two regular season matches to Alden and Eden before a season-ending loss to Hamburg’s Brian Beck in the ECIC tournament.

"Playing year round has been a huge benefit to my game,” Spagnola said. “Playing many opponents and getting input from a variety of coaches allowed me to be adaptable and constantly improve my game."

Assistant boys tennis coach Ryan Dygert offered high praise for the team’s top player, adding that he deserved the post-season award.

“His commitment to the sport and bettering himself year-round has truly shown,” Dygert said. “It’s exciting to think of two more years with [Spagnola] on the team as his dedication and work ethic have clearly paid off with his recent success and improvements.”

The team finished in second place in Division IV with victories over Depew, Tonawanda, Eden, Cleveland Hill and JFK. The team’s only losses were to Alden and Pioneer.

Also compiling an 11-3 record, but at second singles was senior Tanner Morlok, while third singles senior Joshua Moscato also compiled an impressive record at 9-4.

The top three singles players collaborated with strong doubles play that made the season successful that included contributions from Matt Sion, Tyler Neamon, Grant Karb, Connor Hughey, Wyatt Cudney, Scott Russell, Sean Lux and Shawn Towsley.

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