NHS girls’ tennis tops Wilby on senior day

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NAUGATUCK — It was Sunday night, less than 24 hours before senior day, and Greyhounds girls’ tennis coach Jodie Ruccio had a dilemma on her racket. “I was saying, ‘What do I do for senior night for tennis?’ the first-year skipper, better known as a hoops coach, said during Tuesday’s home match against Wilby, which Naugatuck won, 7-0. “You know, for basketball, it’s you get on the PA, you say something before the game, you do the flowers and the basketballs and all that sort of stuff. So I called a couple of the girls, and they’re great. They took care of everything. We have a very strong sophomore class. So the sophomores did a bunch of things, we got some flowers, the parents are here. It’s nice.”

Woodland girls’ tennis staying hot

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ANSONIA – The Woodland girls’ tennis team continued its strong finish to the season with a 7-0 win over Ansonia Tuesday afternoon. The victory marked...

NHS boys’ tennis improving but still winless

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NAUGATUCK — Entering Monday’s home match with Torrington, the Greyhounds boys’ tennis team was 0-9, doubled up—or worse—in all but one contest. But that...

NHS girls’ tennis 9-0 with win over Kennedy

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NAUGATUCK — It’s no surprise that halfway through the season, a local girls’ tennis team is undefeated. That the team hails from the borough, not the Woods, however, is a stunner. The Greyhounds are led by a coach, Jodie Ruccio, who had never played tennis—never mind taught it—until March. Their roster is such a hodgepodge of first-time players and athletes borrowed from other sports that 14 different girls have played in at least one match.

Doubles teams keep Hawks unbeaten

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BEACON FALLS — Woodland used a sweep of the doubles matches to break a singles stalemate and stay undefeated with a 5-2 win over visiting Watertown Monday afternoon. No. 1 singles player Stephanie Badale continued her domination of all Naugatuck Valley League opponents not named Dre Moschello, with an 8-0 victory over Alyssa Mucciaro. Since the beginning of last season, Badale is 26-1 against everyone but Holy Cross’ Moschello, but 1-3 versus the two-time defending league champion.

Krakowski wins but WRHS boys’ tennis falls

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WATERTOWN — The Hawks got a grit-your-teeth win from Mike Krakowski at No. 1 singles, but it was the team’s lone victory Monday morning in an 8-1 loss to Watertown at Crestbrook Park. The right-handed Krakowski was playing with ruptured blood vessels in his dominant hand, a nagging affliction that has caused head coach Jim Amato to hold back his ace between matches.

Bulldogs too tough for Greyhounds on court

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All three Naugatuck doubles teams won their matches, but it wasn't enough to overcome Crosby's sweep of the singles matches, as the Bulldogs won in the borough Wednesday, 6-3.

Hounds hand Ruccio first tennis victory

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Rookie tennis coach Jodie Ruccio earns her first career victory, as her Greyhounds beat visiting Torrington, 5-2, to start the season.

Badale, Wester lead Woodland past AHS

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Defending NVL silver- and bronze-medalists Stephanie Badale and Megan Wester cruise past their first-match opponents, helping the Hawks beat the Chargers, 5-2, in the Woods.

Naugy boys’ tennis in shape after rain

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NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck boys’ tennis team has a new look. First, there are new faces guiding the team. The Greyhounds will operate with co-head coaches...

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