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State champion Falcons start off tennis season with a win

Ryan Hovorka won in straight sets Tuesday as defending state champion Avon opened their season with a 5-2 win over Staples in Westport.

WESTPORT, April 4, 2023 – Liam Hovorka, Ryan Hovorka, Will Mathias and Vishant Kanipilli each won in singles to lead the two-time defending state champion Avon High boys tennis team to a 5-2 win over Staples in the first match of the season for the Falcons. Both Staples victories came in doubles with third set tiebreakers.

Avon won their 42nd consecutive dual meet. They won the final bout of the 2019 season with the 2020 season being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the Falcons went 19-0 and a year ago, they finished 21-0.

Avon 5, Staples 2
At Westport
  Liam Hovorka (A) def. Alex Guadarrama (S) 6-1, 6-2; Ryan Hovorka (A) def. Hayden Frey (S) 6-2, 6-1; Will Mathias (A) def. Jared Even (S) 6-1, 6-0; Vishant Kandipilli (A) def. Mattie Guadarrama (S) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles: Ravi Corrie and Amaan Baweja (A) def. Lucas Ceballos-Cala and Clint Graham (S) 6-4, 6-3; Shreyas Gorre and Patrick Tesoriero (S) def. Sriram Jetty and Michael Chen (A) 1-6, 6-4, 10-6; Holden Dalzell and Henry Matar (S) def. Preston Abshire and Aadarsh Senthil 3-6, 6-2, 11-9

Southington 5, Lewis Mills 2
SOUTHINGTON, April 4, 2023 – Giona Battisto earned a win in singles with Jon Schibi and Ethan Braddock earning a win in doubles for the Spartans in a CCC match on Tuesday. Host Southington prevailed, 5-2.

Southington 5, Lewis Mills 2
At Southington
Sam Ramolo (S) def. Patrick O’Sullivan (LM) 6-0, 6-0; Giona Battisto (LM) def. Dante Napolitano (S) 6-4, 7-5; Luke Howes (S) def. Cameron Smith (LM) 6-1, 6-1; Joey White (S) def. Tristan Mooney (LM) 6-4, 7-6
Doubles: Ethan Germain and Sean O’Rielly (S) def. Charlie Joiner and Max DiNunzio (LM) 7-6, 7-5; Matt Jager and Samrath Singh (S) def. Liam O’Sullivan and Aiden Carrano (LM) 6-3, 6-2; Jon Schibi and Ethan Braddock (LM) def. Nick Halloran and Brian Ludden (S) 6-3, 6-3

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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