Tennis Team Serving Up for States

Tommy Switzgable ’15
EE Senior Sports Editor

It was very quiet around the Trumbull High School tennis courts. 17 of the 19 boys on the team were gathered around court 5, silently watching as seniors Lukas Kyc and Rohit Kandala took their turn at serves to solidify a win against Trinity Catholic. The crowd exploded as the final point was taken in their favor.

Last year, at Bunnell High School in Stratford, the boys tennis team suffered the most heartbreaking loss many of these players will have in their tennis career. After a hard effort throughout the season, the team was one win away from making the state tournament, but one obstacle stood in their way: the Bunnell Bulldogs.

The team took an early 3-1 start, but Bunnell slowly crept back, tying the score at 3 points a piece. It was down to one final match, between the Bulldogs’ third doubles team and the Eagles’ third doubles team. After a thrilling first two sets, that were split between BHS and THS, the Eagles fell just short of winning and going to states.

This year,  the Eagles were hungry. They wanted states more than anything. With 7 returning starters and a new set of coaches to bring a diverse range of tennis philosophies, the Eagles had all the tools to make it to states.

After jumping to a healthy 4-3 start, the Eagles began to feel as if states were not out of reach anymore. The morale of the team became noticeably stronger, as players started to win matches against tougher opponents, including Darien and the two Fairfield teams.

The Eagles are now sitting comfortably at 7-7, just two wins shy of making it to the state tournament. With four matches left, they need to win at least two of them to qualify. The opponents include Ridgefield, sitting in second place in the FICAC at 9-3, and Staples, who is sitting atop the FCIAC with a perfect record of 12-0.

Other opponents include Saint Joseph’s, whom Trumbull is looking to take their 40th consecutive win against this coming Wednesday, and Bunnell. 

THS is looking for retribution against Bunnell. Forget Saint Joe’s:  this is the new rivalry for Trumbull tennis. Every year they have played each other, it has come down to a winner takes all situation, meaning that whichever team wins will move onto states. The Bulldogs kept the Eagles flightless last year.


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