BBA boys tennis downs Fair Haven

MANCHESTER - With the state championships set to begin next week, the Burr and Burton Academy boys tennis team (6-5) was in fine form Monday, defeating Fair Haven Union High School 7-0.

"Today it was a nice match going into the states," said BBA coach Pete McNealus. "We love getting the points. A win will make us higher up in the rankings."

In the number one singles match, BBA's Brennan Webb defeated Fair Haven's Pat Bowen 6-0, 6-2.

Fair Haven (3-8) was without their usual No. 1 singles player Youssef Rajia - something McNealus viewed as unfortunate.

"We like competition, which they were very competitive, but he would have added a lot more if he was only able to be there with our number one. He left Fair Haven in a little bit of a bind without him," said McNealus.

One of the better matches of the afternoon came between BBA's No. 3 singles player Tim Geskes and Fair Haven's Travis Gearwar.

The two fought to duece three times in the first six games of the nine they played in the first set. In game six - with Geskes leading 3-2 - Geskes fought back from being down 40-15 to push the game to duece. But it was there, after a brief rally, that Gearwar evened the match at 3-3.

"He (Gearwar) sticks it out. All these kids I would say is the same thing," said Fair Haven coach Bruce Chase. "They play to their last point. It's a Fair Haven thing perhaps. I've seen it more in this school than any school I've ever seen."

That would be all Gearwar would get though as Geskes went on to win the next three games and close out the set.

In set two, Geskes jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead. After losing the sixth game to Gearwar, the two players matched each other each point, pushing game seven to duece. After rallying for a while on the final point, Geskes hit a shot that caught the top of the net and dropped in along the left sideline to give him the 6-1 win and the match.

No. 4 singles player Dave Shehadi also had a good match against Fair Haven's Joey Trayah, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.

"I thought Dave Shehadi and his opponent had a pretty good competitive match back and forth with long rallys," said McNealus. "Even though the score didn't say it there was lots of tight games and dueces [it was] a good one for Dave and it was a good match for both of them."

BBA No. 2 singles player Kevin Wall defeated Nick Boule 6-1, 6-2 and No. 5 singles player Noah Wetherald defeated Fair Haven's Chris Santini - who was playing in his first singles match - 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles, BBA's No. 1 team of Coley Stillman and Nick Fayette defeated Brooklyn Savage and Matt Heflin 6-1, 6-1.

Fair Haven had to forfeit the match between the No. 2 doubles as they did not have enough players.

BBA will be back in action tomorrow in a double-header at Hartford to end the season.

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