Xavier High’s Rich Ciamarra and Hopkins’ star Peter Conklin have been two of the New Haven area’s most dominant high school tennis players in the last couple of seasons and when they joined forces, the duo fell two victories short of a national title.
Ciamarra and Conklin were the top seeds in the USTA Boys’ 18-and-under National Clay Court Championships held last week in Delray Beach, Florida. After winning four matches to reach the semifinals, their title dreams ended with a 6-1, 7-6 loss to Clark and Genesen in the semifinals on Saturday.
Ciamarra was the No. 2 seed in singles and advanced to the quarterfinals. Bloomfield’s Matthew Lord gave Connecticut two of the players advancing to the Round of 16 in singles as he won three matches to reach the Round of 16 in both singles and doubles.
The only Connecticut player to advance to the national finals was Greenwich’s Elliot Spizzirri who teamed with Jeremie Casabon of Flourtown, Pa. to reach the boys’ 14-and-under doubles final. Spizzirri didn’t drop a set in his first four singles matches before falling to eventual champion Zane Khan in the quarterfinals.
New Canaan’s Lexi Milunovich and Stamford’s Anna Rogers reached the girls’ 18 doubles semifinals before dropping a tough three-set match. Milunovich, a Harvard commit, advanced to the Round of 16 in singles before losing to No. 1 seed Janice Shin and was also the winner of the Sportsmanship of the Day award on the fourth day of the event while Rogers, who is headed to North Carolina State, moved into the third round in singles.
Greenwich’s Madison Steg lost her first singles match in the girls’ 14 and under event, but won five matches to reach the finals in the Consolation West Draw.