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Knights net victory in season opener

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

SPENCER FUSCO returns a shot in action against Berlin on April 17. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 21, 2014
WOLFEBORO — Although it took more than a week and a half, the Kingswood boys' tennis team finally got the season under way on Thursday, April 17.

The Knights welcomed Berlin to the Foss Field courts for a match rescheduled from the previous week.

Mother Nature cooperated as well, keeping the wind down for much of the match, though by the end the wind started blowing.

For the Knights, Spence Fusco was the first to finish his match, as he picked up an 8-1 win at number two.

Next off the court for the Knights was freshman Mark Chrysafidis, who picked up an 8-2 win at number four to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.

The first loss for the Knights came at number three, where Travis Lush dropped an 8-6 decision.

Andrew McCall made it 3-1 for the Knights when he came off the court with an 8-6 win at number one.

Freshman Luke O'Brien played at number five and came off with an 8-1 win and Wyatt McNamara clinched the match for the Knight boys, grabbing an 8-2 win at number six.

In doubles play, McCall and Fusco played at number one and they picked up an 8-2 win.

Chrysafidis and O'Brien played in the second spot in the lineup and they picked up an 8-3 win.

The final doubles match had Lush and McNamara in the third spot and after a back and forth match, the Berlin boys took a 9-8 (7-4 in the tiebreaker) decision to account for the final 7-2 score.

"It's good to get the first one in the books," coach Greg Cooper said. "It feels like we're actually doing something."

The Knights were limited in their preseason work due to the snow on the courts. Cooper noted that they did spend some time shoveling the courts, which wasn't easy, but getting out for the first match was encouraging.

"We're trying to get back on track," Cooper said. "We have to see what the younger guys can do."

He noted that he plans on working with the kids on adjusting their game play during the match, as opposed to dissecting it later and determining what went wrong.

"If your doing something that isn't working, you need to change it," Cooper said.

Cooper pointed out that the match was the first time playing in the top three for both Fusco and Lush and praised their work against tougher competition than they are used to seeing.

"It was a good effort by all the guys," the Knight coach said.

The Knights defeated Inter-Lakes 9-0 in the second match of the season on Friday, April 18.

McCall and Fusco both won by 8-4 scores in the top two spots, with Lush getting a 9-8 win (10-8 in the tiebreaker) at number three. Chrysafidis and O'Brien each won 8-2 at spots four and five, respectively and McNamara won 8-0 at number six.

In doubles, the teams of McCall and Fusco and Chrysafidis and O'Brien both won 8-1 in spots one and two, respectively, with Lush and McNamara winning 8-6 at number three.

Cooper praised Lush's hard-fought win in singles.

"This was a big win for him and definitely a confidence booster," Cooper stated.

Kingswood will be in action on Friday, April 25, at home against Prospect Mountain at 4 p.m., the lone contest on the docket this week.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com

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