“Practice can be as important as the game for us,” Avon coach Ben Lukowicz said. “We have to take advantage of our practice time. We do make it a priority.”
Avon, the two-time defending Class M state champions, continue to roll through the NCCC. The Falcons (9-0, 8-0 NCCC) have captured 47 straight dual matches dating back to the 2010 campaign.
After eight matches, they’ve dropped just two individual matches in league play this season in a doubleheader match with Ellington/Somers on Monday. No. 3 singles Gabe Levin and Andrew Wang lost 9-8 in a tiebreaker, 7-4 in the first match of the afternoon.
In the second contest against Ellington/Somers, Alex Saslow and Mike Arciero dropped a 8-4 decision.
Avon will likely run through the North Central Connecticut Conference with ease this spring. The Falcons have added challenging non-league bouts with Waterford, Gulford, Farmington, East Catholic and Farmington in the final 12 days of the regular season.
Avon wants to be prepared to compete in the Class M tournament.
The Falcons are led by senior Sam Aronson, who finished second in Class M singles last June and Sam Flaxman, who was eliminated in the quarterfinals. The Setler brothers (Eric and Evan) advanced to the Class M semifinals in doubles last year.
The Falcons had little trouble with Ellington/Somers, taking a pair of 6-1 decisions. They did drop a doubles match in each game.
Avon easily rolled over Granby, 7-0, dropping just two games in singles and four games in doubles.
MAY: 3: SUFFIELD; 6: at Canton; 8: GRANBY; 13: BOLTON; 15: at Waterford; 17: at Guilford; 30: FARMINGTON; 21: at East Catholic; 23: SIMSBURY
Avon 7, Granby 0
Singles: Sam Aronson (A) def. Peter Marzo, 6-0, 6-0; John Burdick (A) def. Jack DiPietro, 6-0, 6-0; Sam Flaxman (A) def. Mike Main, 6-1, 6-0; Riley Van Dusen (A) dec. Dustin Kaiser, 6-1, 6-0
Doubles: Evan Seltzer/Eric Seltzer (A) dec. Derin Smith/Joey Noyes, 6-1, 6-2; Alex Saslow/Mike Arciero (A) dec. Tim Ray/Cam Miller, 6-0, 6-0; Gabe Levin/Andre Wang (A) dec. Garrett Salazar/Gordan Gellant, 6-0, 6-1
Records: Avon 8-0, 7-0 NCCC; Granby 6-2, 6-2
Avon 6, Ellington/Somers 1
Singles: Sam Aronson (A) dec. James Rockett, 8-0; John Burdick (A) dec. Corey Muznicki, 8-0; Sam Flaxman (A) dec. Zach Cargill, 8-3; Riley Van Dusen (A) dec. Alex Panek 8-0
Doubles: Evan Seltzer/Eric Seltzer (A) dec. Sachin Pavchal-Andrew Pasher, 8-4; Alex Saslow/Mike Arciero (A) dec. Kevin Sisco/Michah Fox, 8-4; Justin Nicholetti/James Costanzo (E) dec. Gabe Levin/Andrew Wang, 9-8 (7-4)
Records: Avon 6-0, 5-0 NCCC; Ellington 5-2
Avon 6, Ellington/Somers 1
Singles: Aronson (A) dec. Muznicki, 8-0; Burdick (A) dec. James Rockett, 8-0; Flaxman (A) dec. Cargill, 8-0; Van Dusen (A) dec. John Rockett, 8-0
Doubles: Seltzer/Seltzer (A) dec. Pavchal/Pasher, 8-4; Sisco/Fox (E) dec. Saslow/Arciero, 8-4; Levin/Wang (A) dec. Tyler Zalatny/James McNeat, 8-2
Records: Avon 7-0, 6-0 NCCC; Ellington 5-3