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Knight boys win opener

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

TUCKER JONES fires a shot in action against Gilford on April 6. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 09, 2012
WOLFEBORO — The Kingswood tennis boys opened the season with a solid win, but couldn't keep the momentum going.

On Monday, April 2, the boys made the trip to Moultonborough and returned with an 8-1 victory over the Panthers.

The Knights won five of the singles matches to clinch the victory before doubles had even began.

Alden Garland played in the second spot and picked up an 8-6 victory.

Tucker Jones, Andrew McCall and Spencer Fusco, playing at numbers three, four and five respectively, all picked up 8-1 victories for the Knights. Chris Campbell played at number six and recorded an 8-3 win.

The lone loss of the day came at number one singles, where Peter Gibson dropped an 8-3 decision.

In doubles, Gibson and Garland won 8-4 at number one and Jones and McCall teamed up to win 8-1 at number two. Fusco and Campbell finished the day with an 8-0 win at number three doubles.

The Knights played host to defending champion Gilford on Wednesday, April 6, and dropped an 8-1 decision to the Golden Eagles at the newly-restored Foss Field courts.

The visitors won all six of the singles to seal the win.

Garland was the first player off the court, as he dropped an 8-0 decision at number two.

Jones was next, as he dropped an 8-2 decision at number three and Gibson followed with an 8-2 loss at number one.

McCall played the closest match out of the top four, falling 8-3 at number four.

The top double team of Gibson and Garland were the next team off the court, dropping an 8-5 decision to give the Golden Eagles the overall win.

Nils Babcock then dropped an 8-4 decision at number six and Spencer Fusco fell 8-5 in a good battle at number five.

"Spencer had some pretty close scores and lots of deuce points," coach Greg Cooper noted.

Jones and McCall got the lone win of the day for the Knights, as they grabbed an 8-3 victory at number two doubles.

Fusco and Campbell played a great match at number three doubles, but fell 9-7.

"I'm glad we weren't opening up against Gilford," Cooper noted. "I think we'll be right in there with a lot of the other teams."

Cooper also pointed to his team's weakness in the Gilford match as something they could fix.

"We have to learn to be more consistent and not always look for the big winning shot down the line," Cooper said.

On Friday, April 6, the boys headed to Bow where they dropped an 8-1 decision.

Gibson had the best game of the day for the Knights, as he picked up an 8-5 win in the number one spot.

Babcock almost picked up the win at number six, falling 8-6 and the number three doubles team of Fusco and Campbell played a great match at number three, falling 8-6.

In singles, Garland fell at number two by an 8-3 score, Jones dropped an 8-4 decision at number three, McCall lost an 8-3 decision at number four and Fusco fell 8-0 at number five.

In doubles, Gibson and Garland fell 8-2 at number one and Jones and McCall lost 8-2 at number two.

"Overall, we are played with the effort, it was a hard fought match," Cooper said. "If we continue playing this way, we will beat teams that are on our level."

The Knights will be in action today, April 12, at 4 p.m. against Profile. On Monday, April 16, the boys welcome Kennett for a 4 p.m. contest and on Wednesday, April 18, the Knights head to Prospect Mountain for a 4 p.m. match.

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

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