Greenwich boys tennis looks strong after first day of CIAC tourney

In the first two rounds of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference boys tennis tournament, Greenwich High School appears to be in solid shape.

Competing at the Yale University tennis courts, Big Red had a strong first round in both singles and doubles. Leading the way for Greenwich was Air Cepelewicz, as the No. 3 seeded Cardinal defeated Fairfield Prep’s Steven Westfhal 6-0, 6-0.

Not to be outdone was 11th seed Chris Salisbury, as he upended Crosby’s Norbert Jakova 6-0, 6-0. Dominating the competition was the key through the rest of the first round for GHS, as 19th seed Dickon Hollister and Marcos Eslava picked up 6-0, 6-0 victories as well.

Unseeded Eslava finished off Manchester’s Andrew Hurd, while 19th seeded Hollister blanked Newtown’s Matthew Carino.

In doubles, fifth seed Shaw Speer and Louis McKenzie, as well as 10th seeded Tyler Dagnino and Max Minichetti each earned an opening round bye for Greenwich. However, Big Red’s Trent Newman and Robert Graham were in action and blitzed Rilind Abazi and Gabriel Pacheco of Crosby by the same 6-0, 6-0 score.

During the second round, Greenwich remained just as determined. Cepelwicz had the same success as he did in the opening round, blanking John Delgado of West Haven 6-0, 6-0. Greenwich’s Salisbury finished off Southington’s Kunal Kataria 6-0, 6-1, while Hollister upset 13th seed Jeremy Reichentahl of Cheshire 6-3, 6-3.

Greenwich’s top two doubles teams were in action during the second round and both came away with convincing victories. Speer and McKenzie were able to easily come away with the 6-0, 6-0 victory over New Britain’s Syed Ali and Faseeh Uddin.

Simsbury’s Jacob Ingle and Jacob Lewtan were no match for Greenwich’s team of Dagnino and Minichetti, as the Cards came away with the 6-1, 6-1 victory.

The only loss for GHS was when Eslava was beaten by seventh-seed Zach Ely 6-0, 6-4.

Greenwich High School will continue play in the CIAC postseason tomorrow afternoon at Yale University.

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