Glastonbury boys' tennis team powered by seniors
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Apr. 26, 2013
The Glastonbury boys' varsity tennis team improved to 4-1 after a convincing win over E.O. Smith on April 24, but coach Kim Murphy-Francis unabashedly said the team could easily be undefeated. “It was during April vacation, and half my team was away,” she said. “If we played that same team at full capacity, we would have beaten them.”
Seniors Reid Risinger, Will Morris, and Tommy Webb are the team's 1-2-3 players.
Risinger has played #1 all four years at GHS, is an all-state player, and made it to the class LL semi-finals last season. “He's got a good chance of going all the way this year,” Murphy-Francis said. “He's a ranked New England player and has been around tennis for a long time. He's one of the top four kids in the state. He's played since he was little. I remember giving him lessons when he was 6 or 7.”
Morris was the final player to make the cut in his freshman year, but has worked his way up. He also made marked improvement since last year, the coach said. “He just worked really hard,” Murphy-Francis said. “He's really tall so he can serve and volley well. He's started to play USTA tournaments as well.”
Third starter Tommy Webb also just made the team as a freshman, but has put in the hard work to advance. “He's just a really good athlete, and also a hockey player,” Murphy-Francis said.
Sophomore Mark Dalton, who very recently made the singles lineup, rounds out the top four.
After the seniors graduate, Murphy-Francis said, the team will undergo something of a youth movement. “I know of two eighth-graders who are really good,” she said, “and a couple of seventh-graders. We have a lot of depth right now in our doubles group. I have a lot of good sophomores, which is promising.”
After the Smith match, the team was already preparing for a tough opponent in Amity on April 25. East Catholic, Fairfield Prep and Hall are other opponents on the schedule that will provide some challenge for the team.
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