Redmen struggle against strong Waterford tennis team

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Tue., May. 10, 2011
Matt Mullen of the KHS boys' tennis team at work in his match. Photos by Denise Coffey.
Matt Mullen of the KHS boys' tennis team at work in his match. Photos by Denise Coffey.

The Killingly High School boys’ tennis team faced a tough Waterford High team on May 5 and came out on the short end of the 0-7 score. To a player, they knew the match was going to be challenging. Waterford is known for its consistently strong standings in the ECC. In the last nine years, Waterford has compiled a 121-15 record.

“Waterford is one of the best teams in the league,” said captain Chris Haveles before the match. “We’ll put up a fight like we always do. We’ll go out, no matter if we’re down, no matter the score, and still fight.”

Coach Kirk Walker was disappointed, but not surprised at the loss. He considers his team to be in the middle of the ECC small pack. “Waterford is a very good team,” he said.

Walker has been trying new match-ups to strengthen his team. He recently switched his number-one singles player with his number-two singles players. Eddie Carvalho is now playing in the number-two slot and Soha Hosaini is playing in the number-one slot.

“It’s just a better fit for their style of play,” Walker said. “I think that’s going to make a lot of difference.”

Walker is trying to get his players to focus on the court and take it one point at a time.

“I’m trying to get them to stay in the moment,” he said. “Just win this point. I’m trying to get them to change their focus from, ‘We just lost a game,’ to ‘Let’s win the next point.’ We tend to get down on ourselves and make more mistakes that way.”

With eight seniors on the team, Walker knows that next season will be a rebuilding year for the Redmen. He hopes the new facility will bring more players out for the team. His junior varsity team carries nine players and no doubt many will move into varsity slots that will be empty come graduation.


Coach’s Corner-

Killingly High School Boys’ Tennis Coach Kirk Walker

Eight seasons with the team.

About this season: "We lost a couple of matches that we should have won if we were firing on all cylinders. We have about half the season left. There are still plenty of wins on the schedule – potentially," said Walker.

Seniors: Erick Alvarado, Eddy Carvalho,Chris Haveles, Soha Hosaini, Ryan Kelleher, Matt Marcotte, Christian McCrane and Matt Mullen.


Spotlight Players-

Number-one doubles team: Chris Haveles and Matt Mullen.

"These guys are the best doubles team I’ve ever had, as far as matches won,” said Walker. “They are very good, very smart. They’re very tactical. They’re good at taking other teams apart and figuring out their strengths and weaknesses and playing to them.”

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