Windsor Locks-East Granby tennis team rebuilding

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - East Granby - posted Fri., May. 20, 2011
Windsor Locks tennis player Jonathan Zimnoch returns a serve during practice. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Windsor Locks tennis player Jonathan Zimnoch returns a serve during practice. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

In 2009 the boys’ tennis talents of Windsor Locks joined forces with equally skilled East Granby players to form a combined team. Led by coach Steve Wandzy, the team currently holds a 2-10 record.

“I played in high school at Windsor Locks in the mid ’80s,” Wandzy said. “Right now, we have a total of 14 kids: 11 Windsor Locks and three East Granby. We play a best two out of three sets, no ad format,” he said.

 “We’re in a rebuilding year,” the coach said. “I would like to see the boys improve on individual skills and show growth from where they start the season versus where they finish. I want them to enjoy the game and be realistic with their goals.”

According to Wandzy, the top three singles seeds - Brian Nussbaum, Jonathan Zimnoch and Jared Descoteaux - have all put up strong performances. “Our number-four seed, Tim Putnam, has a winning record, 6-4,” Wandzy said. “He’s an all-around athlete, and played on the All-State basketball team.”

Doubles players Hamza Masood and Adam Loughrey are improving. “Hamza is our strongest returning player,” the coach said. “Adam just joined the team this season as a senior - he’s doing very well.”

Wandzy looks to his seven seniors for assistance grooming new players. “One of the team’s greatest strengths is our senior leadership,” he said. “They are experienced and play offensive tennis. Jim Nussbaum, our assistant coach, and the seniors run drills at practice. Our weakness is net play. We need to cut down on mental errors and double faults and play longer points.”

Team members Brian Nussbaum, Jon Zimnoch, Jared Descoteaux, Tim Putnam, Adam Loughrey, Hamza Masood, Dan Kervick, Hussein Hussein,Yash Dalsania, Rafal Bezubik, Jay Vachhani, Nick Mollica, Sumeru Sapkota and James Zhan were scheduled to play their final match of the season against Fermi on May 23 at home.

 

Coach’s Corner-

Windsor Locks/East Granby Tennis Coach Steve Wandzy

Number of season with this team:  10

Assistant Coach: Jim Nussbaum

Captains: Jonathan Zimnoch (WLHS) and Brian Nussbaum (EG)

Team Strength: “Camaraderie; this group works together well,” Wandzy said.

           

Spotlight Players-

Jonathan Zimnoch – Senior: Singles second seed Zimnoch started playing for Windsor Locks as a sophomore.  “I prefer the baseline, and enjoy the competitive part of tennis,” he said. Zimnoch competes in cross-country and indoor track, and will be attending Manhattan College with a major in business.

 

 

Adam Loughrey – Senior: First doubles player Loughrey picked up a racquet for the first time this season. “Coach is my math teacher, and he got me interested – I like the competition,” he said. He plans on attending UTI in North Carolina to become a professional automotive technician.


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