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Thursday, April 19 Sports

Ridgefield hands Rams tennis its first loss, 7-0

Playing without its No. 1 singles player, New Canaan boys tennis (3-1, 3-1 FCIAC) suffered its first loss of 2014 Wednesday in a home match agianst Ridgefield 7-0.

Slotted in the No. 2 singles match, Michael Hartnett forced a third set with a comeback effort in the second set tiebreaker, but fell 4-6 in the deciding set to Pat Sheehan-Delany. Hartnett came the closest of any of his teammates to winning an inidividual match on the day and was the only Ram to force a third set.

"Tough match today," New Canaan coach Ben Young said. "It was a good lesson for us. It was a great match for us to have right now, early in the season."

The Tigers' Bryson Moslye defeated Spencer Lambdin 6-2, 6-0 in the top singles matchup, as New Canaan's No. 3 singles player, Kyle Mettler, was defeated 4-6, 2-6 by Tal Nizan. Over at the No. 4 court, freshman Alex Merjian stood on the wrong end of a 2-6, 0-6 decision won by Owen Isley of Ridgefield. The last singles match ended in a 6-1, 6-0 victory for Aaron Campos over the Rams' Sam Havens.

"We definitely have an idea of what we want to work on," Young said. "I think today gave us a good idea fo what our strengths are and what our weaknesses are."

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Senior captain Andrew Penchuk played a pair of competitve sets alongside partner Jack O'Connor in the top doubles match, but couldn't claim either one in a 3-6, 4-6 loss. Similarly, Tommy Gilio and Brian Huff fell in the No. 2 doubles game, despite forcing a tiebreaker in the second set.