CCC tennis: East Catholic building off state championship

Since 2001, there have been two Class S boys tennis champions: Weston and East Catholic.CCCLogo

East Catholic won in 2001, then Weston reeled off 11 straight championships before East Catholic took back the crown last year. If the Eagles can win again this year, they will become the first back-to-back champions other than Weston since Old Lyme won three straight Class S titles from 1995-1997.

Seven starters are returning from the championship team and coach Ryan Healey hopes the experience can guide the team back. The bottom end of the lineup is young and the Eagles will need some of those guys to step up if they hope to compete for a state title again this year.

East Catholic graduated its first singles player, Chris Waung, who made it to the state quarterfinals last year before losing to the top seed. His brother, Danny Waung, a junior, looks to take over the No. 1 singles position in 2014.

Last year, while playing in the second position, Chris Waung went 16-0, also making it to the quarterfinal round, before losing a three-setter to Ferdinand Gelbrich of Housatonic Regional. The Waung brothers only chance of playing each other in the state tournament would have been in the finals.

Another junior, Ben Bosco, played mostly at the third singles spot last year and Coach Ryan Healey, hopes he can step up the ladder this season and contribute in the singles game. He went 14-2 last season and won his first round match in the state tourney before falling to the No. 8 seed in the second round.

Steven Boccia had a ton of success last year, going undefeated (5-0) in singles and 9-1 while playing No. 1 doubles. He and James Parla (graduated) were Class S runners-up in doubles.

The other doubles tandem of Mike Dorman and Adam Weinstein returns. Although they didn’t play with each other the entire year, they did team up for the state tournament, making the quarterfinals. Weinstein played in just one losing doubles match all season before falling to the one seed, 6-4, 6-4.

Healey looks at Glastonbury and South Windsor as the teams to beat in the CCC North. The Tomahawks have won the division each of the last four years and the Bobcats will have a strong young team.

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