Hawks break into win column

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Woodland’s James Nelson returns a shot May 8 against Crosby’s Gabriel Pacheco in Beacon Falls. Woodland won the match, 6-3. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI
Woodland’s James Nelson returns a shot May 8 against Crosby’s Gabriel Pacheco in Beacon Falls. Woodland won the match, 6-3. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

BEACON FALLS — The Hawks are starting to reach their goals, and the results are showing on the court.

Woodland defeated Crosby last week to earn its first win of the season. The Hawks won 6-3 over the Bulldogs.

“Our biggest goal when we started the season was to ensure that each athlete was playing a better game of tennis at the end of the season as compared to the beginning,” Woodland head coach Mike Magas said. “I think that we have worked hard to reach that goal as the kids are starting to see some of the fruits of their labor pay off.”

James Nelson, Nick Lucas, Rayhan Luzeri and Arianna Sherwood all won singles matches against Crosby. Sherwood and Elif Abedin won in doubles action.
Mike Roulanaitis, Woodland’s reliable No. 1 seed, lost a tough 9-8 decision to Thaddeus Vaichus of Crosby.

Magas said players are paying attention to detail when it comes to all parts of tennis.

“I think that all the players are starting to truly understand that to be successful in tennis they need to work hard in refining all facets of their game,” Magas said. “This has been evident in some of the recent matches that they have been involved in and also some of the intense practice sessions we have held.”

Woodland’s Mike Roulanaitis returns a shot May 8 against Crosby’s Thaddeus Vaichus in Beacon Falls. Woodland won the match, 6-3. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI
Woodland’s Mike Roulanaitis returns a shot May 8 against Crosby’s Thaddeus Vaichus in Beacon Falls. Woodland won the match, 6-3. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

The Hawks fell, 9-0, to Wolcott on Monday and dropped a tight, 5-4, match to Naugatuck on Wednesday. Roulanaitis, Chris Pinevich and Lucas earned singles wins versus Naugy. The tandem of Roulanaitis and Nelson picked up a doubles win.

The Hawks’ overall record (1-13) has not discouraged the players from practicing hard and competing in matches.

“Many athletes would be discouraged if their personal or team records weren’t always at a high level, but I think it’s a tribute to our players that they have remained positive throughout this rebuilding season,” Magas said. “I like the direction the team is heading.”

Woodland will wrap up the regular season at Watertown on Thursday.