With a 4-3 loss to Farmington on May 20, the Falcons didn’t bring home a divisional championship. Farmington captured the CCC Central White division crown, sweeping all four teams in the division.
The Falcons finished 9-5 on the year – the most losses in a single season since 2009 and 3-1 in the CCC Central White. But three losses came to Class LL schools (Simsbury, South Windsor, Glastonbury). In the state tournament, Avon played well with No. 2 seed Jamie McNeil and Ryan Zelazny advancing to the Class M quarterfinals.
For the seventh consecutive season, the Avon boys finished among the top three in Class M. The Falcons finished tied for third place with Guilford with 13 points. Weston (29) won the Class M title with Branford (19) taking second place.
Three of Avon’s four singles players – Mike Thramann, Chris Arciero and Austin Chen won at least one match in the Class M tournament. Thamann won before being eliminated in the third round. In doubles, all three Avon teams won at least one match. Ben Lukowitz coached the Falcons this season.
Class M tournament
- Sam D’Ono, Brookfield def. Daniel Fischler, Avon, 6-0, 6-0
- Mike Thramann, Avon def. Dheven Duenwald, Joel Barlow, 6-2, 2-6, 10-4; def. Alex Hale, Wolcott High, 6-2, 6-0; Third round – Lost to No. 5 Jon Trevethan, Berlin, 6-1, 6-1
- Chris Arciero, Avon def. Noel Sobel, Joel Barlow, 4-6, 6-1, 10-2; lost Michael Gianakos, Waterford, 6-4, 6-2
- Austin Chen, Avon def. Christian Paraquiva Medina, New London/Wheeler, 6-1, 6-0; Lost No. 7 Camiren Carter, Waterford, 6-4, 6-2
- Evan Purcell/Dean Zirolli, Avon def. Jason Caggiano/Ryan Collins, Wolcott, 6-1, 5-7, 10-4; Lost No. 8 Peter Connolly/Zach Yahne, Suffield, 6-3, 6-1
- Dylan Melnick/Chris Whipple, Avon def. Nigeria Davis/Jorge Hildalgo, New London, forfeit; Los No. 14 Eric Gu/Mark Powers, East Lyme, 6-1, 4-6, 10-5
- 2 Jamie McNeil/Ryan Zelazny, Avon def. Christian Charette/Trevor Hutchings, Ledyard, 6-2, 6-1; def. Owen Gee/Shlok Patel, Suffield, 6-0, 6-0; Quarterfinal – Lost to No. 7 Reid Brostoff/Jesse Kalins, Weston, 6-2, 6-1
Avon girls miss tournament for first time
AVON – The competition in the Central Connecticut Conference was good this year for the Falcons, who missed the state tournament for the first time since team competition began in 1989.
Coach Kim Moretti’s squad finished 6-8 overall and 2-2 in the CCC Central White. Shutout losses to Glastonbury, Simsbury, Hand and Southington didn’t help Avon’s chances to qualify for the state tournament. It was the fewest wins in a season since the Falcons went 11-6 in 1993.
The Falcons did have a thrilling 4-3 win over Canton under the lights at the middle school in late May in a match that stretched deep into the evening. No. 4 singles player Rachel Selzer prevailed in third set, 10-6 to pick up a key point while Avon’s top doubles team of Ariel Birkenroth and Meghan McKenna also prevailed in the third set, 7-6 to give the Falcons another key point.
Avon 4, Canton 3
Singles: Kate Hynes (C) def. SeSe Nguyen, 6-1, 6-1; Lilly Grabowski (C) def. Olivia Levin, 6-2, 7-5; Manuela Monyota (C) def. Patsy Fetzer, 6-2, 6-4; Rachel Selzer (A) def. Morgan Vacca 5-7, 6-2, 10-6
Doubles: Ariel Birkenroth/Meghan McKenna (A) def. Emily Miller/Lindsay Vacca, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6; Eva Dukin/Jessie Allessio (A) def. Sabrina Almeida/Brina Donovan, 6-0, 6-2; Krista Wise/Adrienne Nguyen (A) def. Kayla Underkoffler/Lexi Benoff, 6-2, 6-2