Building year for Windsor High School boys’ tennis

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Fri., Jun. 1, 2012
Windsor's number-one singles player, Daniel Lewis, returns serve in the Warriors' match against Middletown.
Windsor's number-one singles player, Daniel Lewis, returns serve in the Warriors' match against Middletown.

In her fourth season as head coach for the Windsor High School boys’ tennis team, Nancy Dulz began 2012 with a predominately inexperienced group of 14 players – each displaying a desire to work hard and dedicate them to improving for future seasons.

“Most of our players are new to the sport and improved their playing ability,” Dulz said. “This is a rebuilding year in which we lost three key seniors who played the top three singles positions. We have only one senior graduating so I am looking forward to a more experienced team for next year.”

The team co-captains - senior Gaurav Tilva and junior Rahul Vachhani - represent Windsor in the first doubles spot. “Rahul and Gaurav compiled a record of 11 wins and six losses, which qualified them for the state tournament,” Dulz said. “As captains, both of them displayed excellent leadership, especially for our new players.”

Tilva, a four-year player, picked up the racquet for the first time at age 14. “My favorite memory this year was our match with Conard – and qualifying for states,” he said. Most comfortable at net, Tilva plans on attending Wentworth College to study engineering.

Vachhani, also a four-year player, compliments Tilva’s network with strong play from the baseline. “I’m looking forward to states, and to coming back in 2013,” he said.

In the first singles slot, junior Daniel Lewis dominates for Windsor. “I think my favorite match was against East Catholic,” he said. “We had a lot of really long rallies during that match, and I prefer working from the baseline.” Also a member of the wrestling team, Lewis plans on returning to the courts for Windsor in 2013.

“Rocky Hill [L: 6-1], Berlin [L: 6-1] and East Hartford [W: 4-3] were the matches where the players had the same playing ability, which allowed both teams to have good competitive matches,” Dulz said of the season highlights. Windsor’s strongest performance came in a 7-0 win over Bulkeley on May 16.

Off the courts, the Warriors came together as a team to cheer on the girls’ tennis program and participate in the Mr. Windsor competition.

A full season recap and state pairings can be found at www.casciac.org.


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