BBA cruises past Mounties

MANCHESTER - During Tuesday's tennis match between the Burr and Burton Academy girls team and Mount St. Joseph Academy, BBA looked every bit a team poised to make another run at the state title.

BBA started off with a 2-0 advantage after they forfeited their No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles matches and breezed through the rest of the slate to defeat MSJ in dominant fashion 7-0.

The win was Burr and Burton's 40th consecutive regular season win over the last three seasons.

Having a sizeable difference in the matchup with their opponent was something that BBA (12-0) coach Dan Hutner said could be beneficial leading up to the playoffs.

"Having confidence coming into the match let's them play strategies that they haven't felt comfortable with in the past. So it lets them experiment a little bit more," said Hutner. "For doubles in particular the tactics are key. Moving to net [and trying] different strategies make[s] a huge difference in doubles and I think that is really going to be key for our big matches towards the end of the playoffs."

No. 1 singles player Maddy Pagnucco - who defeated MSJ's (1-11) Jessica Bruso in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 - also said that the matches like the one on Tuesday afternoon were good ones to have leading up to the playoffs.

"I practice my serve more I practice consistency, which is definitely going to help me when we get to the challenging matches especially and if we make it to the final in states. So, it's just helping me build up my game for playoffs," said Pagnucco.

One of the better matches of the afternoon took place between the No. 1 doubles teams of BBA's Eliza Breed and Kitt Sikes and MSJ's Nicole Bruso and Grace Giancola.

After winning the first set 6-0, Breed and Sikes jumped out to 4-1 lead in the second set. That's when Bruso and Giancola began to make things interesting, taking two of the next three games from Breed and Sikes. That would be as close as they woiuld get though as Breed and Sikes closed out the match in the next game, allowing just one point in the process.

"I was very proud, very pleased with how they played," said St. Joseph's coach Gary Thompson. "They didn't give up on any balls. They really did fight hard and they were overmatched today, let's face it, in terms of the experience level. Burr and Burton has a great team, a very experienced team; they play hard. But the girls fought very well. We were very pleased how they played."

No. 2 BBA singles player Jordan Harmon defeated Alex Reed 6-1, 6-0. BBA's No. 3 singles player Gabi Hasaj defeated Lylly Yakunovich 6-0, 6-0 and No. 4 singles player Gabby Vella defeated MSJ's Sherry Zhang in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.

Burr and Burton ends its season tomorrow taking on Hartford at home at 4:30 p.m.

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