Tennis gets a victory over Easton
Northampton’s boys tennis team recorded its first win of the season with a 5-2 victory over Easton this past Saturday at Northampton.
Dylan Domchek won his match at number one singles for the K-Kids, 6-3, 6-1, over Michael Martyak.
Lukas Connolly also won his match for the K-Kids at two singles, 6-2, 6-4, against Rodrigo Maguina, and at three singles, Alex Guzman won in three sets for Northampton, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, against Nicholas Strano.
All senior singles players for the K-Kids, Domchek is new to the sport, Connolly was new to the team last year when the pandemic hit, and Guzman, who is also captain, has played since head coach Daniele Bowman took over the team three years ago.
“All three are friends and have played together during the offseason,” Bowman said. “[Dylan] is athletic. He is perfecting his game every day and gives 110% in practices and matches. He is a composed player and does not give up easily.”
At two doubles are juniors Cale Gogel and Logan Carbonell, who lost on Saturday, 2-6, 3-6, to Kyle Charria and Ty Russell.
“They are best friends and hustled during the offseason,” Bowman said.
At three doubles are senior Noah Hassler and sophomore Pearce Foulk, who lost to Josh Henry and Aiden Parkhurst, 4-6, 6-7 (11-13), but Bowman said they are meshing well together
“Four doubles is secured by returning duo, seniors Kaleb Missmer and Ambrose Roland,” said Bowman. “They had some experience at doubles before the shutdown last year and are currently 2-1 this season.”
Noah Riechelderfer stepped in for Roland on Saturday, however, and won with Missmer, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), against Reese McCann and Miles Cabreza.
“Our goal is to be competitive by continuing to work hard in practice and putting in the time it takes to become better than we were before,” Coach Bowman said. “As of right now, we are starting the season with some tough competition with the teams in our county. They are all top notch schools. We’ve had some close matches with Becahi and Nazareth but fell short. I’m excited to see how the rest of the season pans out.”
In the K-Kids’ first home match against Bethlehem Catholic won by the Hawks, 4-3, all Northampton’s double teams won. Gogel and Carbonell defeated Josh Maruscak and Dan Smith, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; Foulk and Hassler defeated John Vallance and Xavier Sanchez-Shive, 6-1, 6-0; and Roland and Missmer defeated Patrick Core and Zach Schmalz, 6-1, 6-2.
Although Guzman lost at three singles to Anthony Barczynski, it was in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6.
The K-Kids had another close match in the same week against Nazareth, losing 2-5.
Domchek won his match against Alex Rodriguez, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Guzman lost another close match, this time against Ilias Phanzu, 7-5, 3-6, 5-7, and Hassler and Foulk lost a close one to Isahaan Patel, 4-6, 5-7.
“I believe the EPC is made up of some of the strongest boys tennis teams around,” said Bowman. “They are all competitive, but so are my boys which makes watching this season enjoyable.”