Westies fall to East Haven in SCC semifinals
WH drops 4-3 heartbreaker 
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 21, 2013) –
 The West Haven boys’ tennis team knew it would face a tough challenge as the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament opened. After receiving a bye into the semifinals, West Haven played a tough East Haven team at Yale University and fell, 4-3. 
The deciding factor came in doubles play as East Haven won two of the three matches.
Top-sseded John Delgado lost to P.J. Warrick, 6-4, 6-4, second-seeded Chris Mazzacane won over Steve Carofano, 6-1, 6-2 and third-seeded Chris Ashong lost to Evan Schneer, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1. Fourth-seeded Mike Tran defeated Sean Dugan 6-3, 6-0. 
In doubles play, top-seeded Mike Dessureau and Jake Fetzner of East Haven defeated Howard Powell and Devin Hickman, 6-2, 6-3, while second-seeded Austin Hansen and Abdul Zachariah won 7-6, 6-1. Third-seeded Jacob Yisehak and Jimmy Carillo fell to Johnathon Gioia and Kirk So, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.

Westies defeat Hamden
WH extends winning streak to 3 matches
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 17, 2013) –
 The West Haven boys’ tennis team continued its torrid streak to end the season Friday afternoon. With a 6-1 win over Hamden, the Westies won their third straight match, ninth in the last 10, and improved to 13-7 on the season.
West Haven’s only loss came in singles play as John Delgado fell in the top slot to Brandon Howard, 6-2, 6-4. Second-seeded Chris Mazzacane defeated Christian Coassin, 6-3, 6-1, third-seeded Chris Ashong posted a 7-6 (5), 6-1 win over Ben Bonadies and Mike Tran defeated Steve Pantera in the fourth slot, 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles play, Howard Powell and Devin Hickman took home the victory in the top slot over Seth Bjorkman and E.J. Neri, 6-2, 6-3, while Austin Hansen and Abdul Zachariah defeated C.J. Ocassio and Jared Nickameyer, 6-1, 6-1. Third-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak defeated Chris Feldman and Jim Darcy 6-4, 6-3.

Still Rolling
Westies win second in row  
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 16, 2013)
– The West Haven boys’ tennis team continues to roll along. With a 4-3 win against Xavier Thursday afternoon, the Westies won their eighth match in nine attempts and second in a row to improve to 12-7 on the year.
West Haven decided the match in singles play, winning three of the four matches. John Delgado fell as the top seed to Varun Jayaram, 6-2, 6-0, but the final three seeds were all victorious.
Second-seeded Chris Mazzacane defeated Max Schumann 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-3, third-seeded Chris Ashong defeated James Rosbrough 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 and fourth-seeded Mike Tran defeated Chris Hayes 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
In doubles play, top-seeded Howard Powell and Devin Hickman fell to Dylan Amble and Rob Bortea, 6-2, 7-6 (2) and second-seeded Austin Hansen and Abdul Zachariah fell to John Borea and Sam Sokolowski, 4-6, 7-5, 10-5.
Third-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak defeated Matt Ferris and Garrett Baker, 6-4, 6-2.

Back on Track
Westies defeat Platt Tech to improve to 11-7
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 14, 2013) –
 Just one day after seeing its 6-match winning streak come to an end, the West Haven boys' tennis team began a new streak Tuesday afternoon. Traveling to Milford, the Westies shut out Platt Tech, 7-0, and improved to 11-7 on the year. 
West Haven controlled play from start to finish in the victory. In singles action, top-seeded John Delgado defeated Tom Hallengen, 8-2, second-seeded Chris Mazzacane defeated Luis Almodovar, 8-1, third-seeded Chris Ashong beat Brandon Quick, 8-1, and fourth-seeded Mike Tran defeated Sara Bosco, 8-4. Devin Hickman played as the fifth seed and defeated Chris Seepersand , 8-0. 
In doubles action, top-seeded Austin Hansen and Santiago Perez won over Almodovar and Quick, 8-0, and second-seeded Jeremy Borelli and Matt Marcello defeated Tony Mattoso and Kyle Jalbert, 8-1.

Unlucky Seven
Westies fall to ND to snap 6-match winning streak
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 13, 2013) –
 The West Haven boys' tennis team was looking for lucky number seven. Attempting to win its seventh match in a row, West Haven fell to Notre Dame, 5-2, Monday afternoon. 
With the loss, the streak of 6 straight victorious matches ended and West Haven fell to 10-7. 
The Westies were victorious in the top two singles slots as top-seeded John Delgado defeated Abhi Vankanala, 6-0, 6-2 and second-seeded Chris Mazzacane defeated Bob Steele, 6-1, 6-2. 
The two victories in singles play would be it for the Westies on the day. Third-seeded Chris Ashong fell to Mike DeFelice, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 and fourth-seeded Mike Tran dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Noah Levine. 
In doubles play, Howard Powell and Devin Hickman lost to Gabe Sparks and Adrian Cruz, 6-3, 6-1, second-seeded Austin Hansen and Abdul Zachariah fell to Pat Francis and Matt Plazlack, 6-4, 7-5 and third-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak lost to Kyle Bystranyk and Kadir Saravanari, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Six in a Row
Westies improve to 10-6 with win over East Haven
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 7, 2013) – 
The West Haven boys' tennis team is on quite a role as a team. Winning their sixth consecutive match, the Westies defeated East Haven, 5-2, Tuesday afternoon in West Haven to improve to 10-6 on the year. 
In singles play, the Westies lost only one match as second-seeded Chris Mazzacane fell to P.J. Warrick in a tough match, 6-4, 4-6, 11-9. 
The Westies posted victories in the other matches in singles play. Top-seeded John Delgado defeated Mike Dessureau, 6-2, 7-5, third-seeded Chris Ashong beat Steve Carofano, 6-2, 6-0 and fourth-seeded Mike Tran won over Evan Schneer, 6-4, 6-1. 
In doubles action, top-seeded Howard Powell and Devin Hickman won 7-6 (5), 7-5 over Jake Fetzner and Sean Dugan, while second-seeded Austin Hansen and Abdul Zachariah defeated Joseph Haesche and Joshua Levin, 6-3, 6-3. 
Third-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak fell to Jonathan Gioia and Kirk So, 6-2, 4-6, 10-7.

Rolling Along
Westies win fifth match in a row
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 6, 2013) –
 The West Haven boys’ tennis team continues to win as the Westies posted their fifth straight victory Monday afternoon. While playing some close matches, the Westies defeated North Haven 7-0 in West Haven.
In singles play, top-seeded John Delgado defeated Pat LeGates, 6-4, 6-3, second-seeded Chris Mazzacane won 6-1, 6-3 over Liam Sorge and third-seeded Chris Ashong defeated Zack Tabak, 6-4, 6-2. Fourth-seeded Mike Tran posted a 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-0 victory over Giovanni Petruzzielo.
In doubles play, top-seeded Howard Powell and Devin Hickman defeated Rees Kemp and Dave King 7-5, 7-6 (3), second-seeded Austin Hansen and Abdul Zachariah won 7-6 (10-8), 6-1 over Evan Manemeit and Mike Iovanne and third-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak defeated Matt Siwek and Nick McInnis, 7-5, 12-10.

On a Roll
Westies improve to 8-6 with win over Lyman Hall
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 3, 2013) – 
The West Haven boys’ tennis team continued to play well as the Westies won their fourth match in a row with a 5-2 decision over Lyman Hall Friday afternoon in Wallingford.
The Westies won the match with three victories in singles play and two more in doubles action. West Haven improved to 8-6 with the victory.
John Delgado won as the top seed when he defeated Wesley Krombel, 0-6, 6-1, 7-5. Second-seeded Chris Mazzacane fell to Jake Struble, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, third-seeded Chris Ashong beat Nick Fiorillo, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 and Mike Tran defeated Jon Jacobs, 6-4, 7-5.
In doubles play, top-seeded Howard Powell and Devin Hickman fell to Zach Sola and Jason Brooks, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and second-seeded Austin Hansen and Abdul Zachariah defeated Mike May and Ryan McEvoy, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Third-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak defeated Joe Venegas and Evan Quigley, 7-5, 6-4.

Westies cruise past Cross
WH improves to 7-6 with 7-0 victory
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 1, 2013)
– The West Haven boys’ tennis team improved to 7-6 with a 7-0 road victory over Wilbur Cross Wednesday afternoon.
In singles action, top-seeded John Delgado defeated Alvaro Quispe, 6-1, 6-0, second-seeded Chris Mazzacane beat Santos Oppenheimer, 6-0, 6-1 and third-seeded Chris Ashong defeated Margaret Connors, 6-0, 6-1. Mike Tran won at the fourth seed as he beat Maryana Dumalska, 6-0, 6-1. 
In doubles play, Howard Powell and Devin Hickman defeated Justin Santiago and Julio Alvarenga, 6-1, 6-2, while second-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Abdul Zachariah defeated Eric DeJesus and Anthony Lapo, 6-1, 6-1. Third-seeded Matt Marcello and Jake Yisehak beat Julie Palladino and Jenelle Stephenson, 6-1, 6-1. 

Westies beat Law
Singles’ sweep helps WH to 5-2 victory
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 29, 2013) – 
Looking to get to the .500 mark, the West Haven boys’ tennis team turned to its singles players. Sweeping all four matches in singles play, the Westies improved to 6-6 with a 5-2 victory over Jonathan Law in West Haven.
In the closest singles match, top-seeded John Delgado defeated Krishnan Suresh-Kumar, 7-6 (3), 6-1. Second-seeded Chris Mazzacane defeated Adam Weber, 6-0, 6-3, third-seeded Chris Ashong defeated Amar Almidani, 6-0, 6-0 and Mike Tran won by forfeit.
In doubles action, top-seeded Howard Powell and Devin Hickman fell to Gabe Salles and Jack Campbell, 6-1, 6-1 and second-seeded Austin Hansen and Abdul Zachariah fell to J.J. Ciesla and Soumya Kundu, 6-4, 6-2. Third-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak defeated Mas Ahmed and Adil Ali, 6-0, 6-1.


Westies dominate in win over Career
WH improves to 5-6 with 6-1 win
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 26, 2013) –
 The West Haven boys’ tennis team won in impressive fashion Friday afternoon as the Westies defeated Career 6-1 in West Haven. With the victory,West Haven improved to 5-6.
While there were some close matches, the Westies pulled through. In singles play, top-seeded John Delgado defeated Kyle Catubig, 6-4, 6-4, second-seeded Chris Mazzacane beat Syed Hussain, 6-3, 7-5 and third-seeded Chris Ashong won over Almar Rohbar, 6-2, 6-2. Mike Tran also won in singles action as he defeated Nofel Khan in the fourth slot, 6-4, 6-1.
In doubles play, Howard Powell and Abdul Zachariah defeated Mahir Rara and Noah Villot, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Second-seeded Austin Hansen and Jimmy Carillo won over Raniel Capanzana and Manaf Sami, 6-3, 6-2. Third-seeded Jacob Yisehak and Jeremy Borelli fell to Taslim Uddin and Irfand Hoguie in the third slot, 6-4, 6-4.

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Westies fall to Hand
Westies swept 7-0 by Tigers
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 24, 2013) –
 One day after stopping a three-match losing skid, the West Haven boys' tennis team fell to Hand, 7-0, in Madison. With the loss, West Haven dropped to 4-6 on the year. 
The Tigers dominated singles play as the Westies combined for just four points in the four matches. 
Top-seeded John Delgado fell to Scott Rubinstein, 6-0, 6-0, second-seeded Chris Mazzacane was defeated by Alex Rieger, 6-0, 6-0 and third-seeded Chris Ashong lost to David Shulz, 6-1, 6-1. Mike Tran dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to Andrew Goldfeler as the fourth seed. 
In doubles actrion, top-seeded Howard Powell and Devin Hickman lost to Louis Rogers and Collen Nelson, 6-0, 6-3. Second-seeded Austin Hansen and Abdul Zaccariah lost to Cameron Thomson and Andrew Pace, 6-1, 6-2, while third-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak lost to Danny Weinreb and Mike Vizziello, 6-0, 6-0.

Westies topple Platt Tech
WH ends losing skid with 7-0 victory
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 23, 2013) –
 After losing three consecutive matches, the West Haven boys' tennis team was looking to get back on the winning track. The Westies did so in emphatic fashion as they defeated Platt Tech 7-0 in West Haven Tuesday afternoon. 
In singles action, the Westies gave up only one game point in the four matches. Top-seeded John Delgado defeated Tom Hallengren, 6-0, 6-1, Chris Mazzacane won over Brandon Quick, 6-0, 6-0, Chris Ashong defeated Luis Almodovar, 6-0, 6-0 and Mike Tran rounded out singles play with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sarah Bosco. 
In doubles action, the Westies swept through the three matches. Top-seeded Howard Powell and Devin Hickman defeated Chris Seepersand and Tim Avila, 6-0, 6-0 and second-seeded Austin Hansen and Abdul Zaccariah won over Tony Mattoso and Kyle Jalbert, 6-0, 6-0. Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak won by forfeit.

Amity tops Westies
WH drops third in row with 5-2 loss
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 22, 2013) –
 Looking to get back on the winning track, the West Haven boys’ tennis team was not able to do so Monday afternoon in Woodbridge. Unable to win in singles play, the Westies fell to Amity 5-2, dropping their third straight and falling to 3-5.
West Haven’s lone victories came in doubles play. Second-seeded Austin Hansen and Abdul Zaccariah defeated Zack Arons and Jan Bidon 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 in a tiebreaker.
Third-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak defeated Jared Loewenthal and Stephen Cheng 6-4, 6-2. Top-seeded Howard Powell and Devin Hickman fell to Harsha Lingareddy and Satish Bhat 6-1, 6-0.
In singles play, John Delgado fell to Jason Seidman 6-1, 6-0, second-seeded Chris Mazzacane fell to Phil Hochman 6-0, 6-1 and Chris Ashong lost to Ethan Bernstein in the third slot by scores of 6-1 and 6-0. Mike Tran lost to Max Einbinder in the fourth slot by scores of 6-0 and 6-0.

Ram Tough
Westies nipped by Cheshire, 4-3
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 19, 2013) –
 The West Haven boys’ tennis team traveled to Cheshire with a goal of getting over the .500 mark as a team. While the Westies came up short, their solid play continued.
In what may be the most competitive team match the Westies have played in all year,Cheshire came away with a 4-3 victory. With the loss, West Haven fell to 3-4 on the year.
In singles action, John Delgado fell to Jeremy Reichenthal 6-2, 6-1 in the top slot, Chris Mazzacane defeated Nick Anthony 6-0, 6-1 and third-seeded Chris Ashong defeated Reilly Eldredge 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.  Mike Tran fell as the fourth seed to David Light by scores of 7-5 and 6-3.
In doubles play, Howard Powell and Devin Hickman fell in the top slot to Abdullah Choudhuy and Jackson Ajello, 6-2, 6-2, while second-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak lost 6-2, 6-3 against Blake Wetmore and Andy Carroll.  Third-seeded Austin Hansen and Abdul Zaccariah defeated Greg Zoras and Owen Murray, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Jesuits dominate Westies
WH falls to 3-3 with loss
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 17, 2013)
– The West Haven boys’ tennis team fell to 3-3 with a 6-1 loss to Fairfield Prep Wednesday morning in West Haven.
West Haven’s lone victory came in singles play as second-seeded Chris Mazzacane defeated Charlie Dodge, 6-3, 6-2.
Top-seeded John Delgado fell to Matt McKinney 6-1, 6-2, third-seeded Chris Ashong lost to Theo Allen 6-1, 6-0 and fourth-seeded Mike Tran lost to K.C. Maloney 6-4, 6-1.
In doubles play, the top seed of Howard Powell and Devin Hickman fell to Emil Friis and Jon Ronecny 6-0, 6-2 and second-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak lost to Thomas Kelly and Chris Kelly 6-3, 6-2.
The team of Austin Hansen and Santiago Perez fell to Nick Vandervorn and Tucker Gavey 6-2, 6-0.

Westies beat Green Dragons
WH picks up 3rd win with 6-1 decision
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 16, 2013) – 
The West Haven boys’ tennis team picked up its third win of the season with a 6-1 victory over Hamden Tuesday afternoon in West Haven. With the victory, West Haven improved to 3-2 on the year. 
"It was a great team win," West Haven coach Jason Kirck said. 
West Haven’s only loss came in singles play as top-seeded John Delgado fell to Brandon Howard, 6-4, 6-2. Second-seeded Chris Mazzacane defeated Christian Coassin 6-3, 6-3, Chris Ashong beat Seth Bjorkman 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 and fourth-seeded Mike Tran won 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (3) over Ben Bonadias.
In doubles action, top-seeded Howard Powell and Devin Hickman defeated Jared Neckmeyer and C.J. Occasio 6-2, 6-0 in the top match. The match at number two saw Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak defeat E.J. Neri and Gabe Riccio 6-4, 6-2 while third-seeded Austin Hansen and Santiago Perez defeated Stephen Pantera and Nick Wiehler 2-6, 6-4, 10-2.

Westies fall to Branford
Hornets remain undefeated with 5-2 win
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 15, 2013) –
 West Haven coach Jason Kirck knew his team would be in for a tough match against Branford. The Hornets came into the match undefeated and would be West Haven’s toughest match to date.
Branford proved to be as tough as expected, defeating West Haven 5-2 in West Haven Monday afternoon.















 

John Delgado. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
Both of West Haven’s victories came in singles play. Top-seeded John Delgado defeated Paul Habelow 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 and third-seeded Chris Ashong defeated Matt O’Neill 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-5. 

















Chris Ashong. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
Chris Mazzacane fell in the third slot 6-2, 6-1 to Ben Shao and Mike Tran fell as the fourth seed to Matt Sachs, 6-3, 6-3.
In doubles play, Howard Powell and Devin Hickman fell to Wilson Radulski and Dan Borrus in the top slot, 6-3, 6-1 and second-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak fell to Jared Platt and Miles Conlin 6-1, 6-1. Third-seeded Austin Hansen and Santiago Perez lost to Thomas Shao and Dan O’Neill 6-2, 6-4. 

















Austin Hansen against Branford, April 15, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

Best Haven
Westies defeat East Haven, 4-3
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 10, 2013)
– Behind the strong play in singles action, the West Haven boys’ tennis team improved to 2-1 on the year with a 4-3 victory over East Haven Wednesday afternoon in East Haven. The Westies won 3 of 4 singles matches in the victory. 
"It was a tough match," West Haven coach Jason Kirck said. "East Haven is a very disciplined team and fights for every point, game and set. It was an excellent team win. 
"We are happy to be 2-1 at this point of the season and very proud of what we have accomplished so far. But, there is still much room for us to grow as a team and to develop consistent play at all positions. We have a very challenging schedule ahead of us and we are looking forward to working hard to meet our goals of reaching the Division 2 SCC playoffs and the CIAC tournament."
Freshman John Delgado won easily as the top seed when he defeated Mike Dessureau, 6-1, 6-1. Chris Mazzacane fell in the second slot, 6-3, 6-3, to P.J. Warrick, while Chris Ashong defeated Evan Schneer 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 at number three and Mike Tran defeated Jon Gioia 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth slot. 
"Mike Tran had an excellent match for his first varsity win," Kirck said. "John Delgado also played extremely well at Number 1 singles and is improving every day.
"Our Number 1 doubles team of Howard Powell and Devin Hickman came through with a big victory, playing very well in crucial points down the stretch. Chris Ashong got off to a slow start but came back to earn a hard fought and much needed 3-set win." 
In doubles action, top-seeded Howard Powell and Devin Hickman won 6-0, 7-6 (3). Second-seeded Austin Hansen and Abdul Zaccariah fell in a tough match 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 and third-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Jacob Yisehak fell to Anthony Perroth and Kirk So 6-4, 6-3. 

Westies beat ND
WH dominates in singles play
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 8, 2013)
– Looking for its first win of the year, the West Haven tennis team could pick no better team to be the opposition. Dominating singles action, the Westies defeated rival Notre Dame 5-2 Monday afternoon in West Haven.
In singles play, West Haven freshman John Delgado defeated Bob Steele, 6-1, 6-3 in the top seed. Second-seeded Chris Mazzacane beat Abby Vankayala 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-2 and third-seeded Chris Ashong beat Gabe Sparks, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, Notre Dame’s Mike DeFelice defeated West Haven’s Mike Tran in the fourth slot, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. 
In doubles action, West Haven’s top team of Howard Powell and Devin Hickman won 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. Second-seeded Jimmy Carillo and Austin Hansen fell to Pat Francis and Noah Levine 6-1, 6-2 while Abdul Zaccariah and Jacob Yisehakwon 7-5, 6--1

Tough Start
Westies fall to Falcons in opener 
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 3, 2013)
- The West Haven boys’ tennis team was looking to get off to a quick start in 2013. With a trip to Middletown to face a tough Xavier squad, the Westies knew they were in for a battle. 
West Haven's quick start was put on hold as Xavier defeated the Westies 6-1 in the season opener for both teams Wednesday afternoon. 
"For the first match, the team competed well especially at four singles and two doubles," West Haven coach Jason Kirck said. "We need to work on our consistency and our play in pressure situations. 
"We are looking forward to playing our rival Notre Dame on Monday and continue to improve in all aspects of our game."
The lone victory for the Westies came in singles action as third-seeded Chris Ashong defeated James Rosbrough in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. 
In singles action, top-seeded John Delgado fell to Varun Jayaram 6-2, 6-1, second-seeded Chris Mazzacane fell to Max Schumann 6-0, 6-2 and fourth-seeded Mike Tran lost a tough match to Chris Hayes 7-6 (3) and 7-6 (5). 
In doubles play, Howard Powell and Devin Hickman fell to Sam Sokolowski and Rob Borea in the top spot, 6-1, 6-3. Jimmy Carillo and Austin Hansen fell to Dylan Amble and Matt Ferris in the second slot 7-6 (2), 6-3 and Santiago Perez and Jacob Yosehak fell to John Borea and Peter Barriga 6-2, 6-0 in the third slot. 

Looking Up
Nice mix of players has tennis team looking for big things in 2013
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
West Haven boys’ tennis coach Jason Kirck is thrilled with what he has seen from his team thus far. While the season is still in the early stages, Kirck is well aware of what his team needs to do equal or better last year’s 11-9 record.
“We need to have continual improvement of all players,” Kirck said. “We need to get off to a great start. We need leadership of the seniors and captains and we have to adjust to a new schedule.
“We want to make the states and make the SCC’s. We want to continue to build life long tennis players who have the skills and passion to play tennis for many years.”
The Westies have a nice mix of youth and veterans for a team which has solid expectations. This year’s team will be led by senior captains Chris Ashong and Chris Mazzacane, each playing singles matches. 

















Senior captain Chris Ashong will play a big role on the 2013 team. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
“This year’s captains are doing a fantastic job of setting an example for our program and our younger players,” Kirck said. “Both of our captains are excellent players that both have an outstanding work ethic and a desire to compete. We could not ask for better leadership than they have provided so far and we are looking forward to a great season with them as our leaders.”
The Westies have several key players returning from last season’s squad. Mazzacane will start the season as the second seed in singles play, but that could change, as all positions are not set in stone according to Kirck.
Ashong will start the season as the third seed in singles, while sophomore Mike Tran is the four seed. Freshman John Delgado will start the season as the top seed in singles play.
On the doubles side, juniors Howard Powell and Devin Hickman will open the season as the top doubles team. Seniors Abdul Zaccariah and Jacob Yisehak will be the second seed, while seniors Austin Hansen and Jimmy Carrillo will be seeded third in doubles play. 

















Junior Devin Hickman will lead the Westies from his doubles spot. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
“All of our players have improved tremendously over the past years and all are ready for a great season,” Kirck said.
Kirck states Mazzacane has improved his serve, Ashong has improved his net play, Tran has advanced his serve and overall game and Powell has improved his backhand and has a more powerful serve. Hickman has done better with the strength of his forehand shot, Zaccariah has improved his serve and net play, Yisehak has gotten better with his overall game and Carrillo has made an outstanding overall improvement since last season in all aspects of his game.
Hansen, Delgado, senior Santiago Perez (doubles) and freshman Jeremy Borelli (doubles) will all make an impact on the team.
“Austin Hansen brings athleticism and toughness to our team, plus a desire to compete and win” Kirck said. “He is a great addition to the team.
“John Delgado is an outstanding player in every aspect of the game. He is the best freshman we have had in my five years. I am looking forward to watching him play singles against the top teams in the SCC we play this season. Jeremy Borelli and Santiago Perez are both new players to the program who have good tennis skill and will be in the mix to play in varsity matches this season.”
Kirck likes what he has seen from his team early on.
“I have seen a great attitude of all the players,” Kirck said. “I like the dedication of all players, the willingness to accept coaching and the work on individual weaknesses of all players. We have had two great scrimmages so far against Foran and Law.
“We need to improve on consistency of all players, limiting unforced errors, continued improvement of our first serves and singles and doubles strategy.”
West Haven opens the season Wednesday, April 3 at Xavier at 3:30 p.m.