The newly launched Meriden boys co-op for the Successful debut

MERIDEN – It has been 10 years since Maloney’s a boys tennis team and now the school is back on the court with the help of the rival Platt.

The Spartans and Panthers unveiled their newly formed Meriden boys tennis team on Monday. The co-op staged its inaugural match at the Platt Courts on a sunny, breezy and cool afternoon and rode in a dominant performance to earn a 4-3 win over the Centra Connecticut Conference foe RHAM.

“We’re just so excited to see the enthusiasm,” first-year coach Maureen Suzio said. “I thought they were fantastic and I’m just happy for them.”

27 players with Meriden hits the courts this season. The breakdown is 19 from Platt and eight from Maloney.

Last year from The Three Platt Returners were Maureen Suzio’s sons: senior twins William and Jack and sophomore Ben, the No. 1 singles player. Maureen’s husband, Jim, is the assistant coach.

WIlliam and Jack Suzio are the team captains and most likely at the combine. 1 doubles, but on Monday they served as No. 3 and No. 4 singles player behind their brother Ben and the top player from Maloney, junior Calvin Henderson, who lined up at No. 2 singles.

Ben Suzio, Henderson and William Suzio all won 6-0, 6-1. Jack Suzio scored a 6-2, 6-1 decision.

“I didn’t expect them to win like we did today,” Maureen Suzio said of her singles slate. “We need to keep out our number. 1 doubles team or split them up into singles, and we decide to do that. We have a couple more kids who will be eligible next week and the lineup will look different next week. The team is doing great and I’m so happy for them. ”

Henderson, with his victory, became the first Maloney tennis player to win a high school match in 10 years.

“I’ve been playing tennis for years and I’ve never played tennis during the school year; “The team has been on and off,” Henderson said. not enough people signed up.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity today. I’m going to do this next year and have a lot of fun. I’m proud to represent my school and my town. ”

Henderson is also active in the theater and the marching band at Maloney.

Maureen Suzio said with a young squad, she’s just better looking to get to the team.

“I Can Wait We Win 50 percent of Our Match; it would be great I know a lot of teams are new, ”she said. “We are just looking to stay positive and hopefully learn and take each match one day at a time. Because we had two weeks of practice and the next six weeks of play Monday, Wednesday and Friday as long as the weather permits. We’re going to be plugging away. ”

Jeff Oriyavong and Alex Michaud at the Platt junior duo on Monday at Meriden’s doubles teams. 1, The Platt sophomore duo of Connor Rivera and Andrew Paches at no. 2 and the combination of Platt freshman Ben Rusate and Maloney junior Sean Aitken at No. 3.

Oriyavong and Michaud lost three sets in a nailbiter. The Meriden duo dropped the first set 2-6, thenwon the second 7-6 on an 8-6 tiebreaker. The third set of super-tiebreaker went to The Sachems, 10-5.

The other two Meriden tandems fell in straight sets.

Maloney stopped fielding a boys tennis team the following spring of 2012.

Platt boys tennis numbers, meanwhile, have been dropping, setting the table for a co-op. The Panthers got 12 players last season, even making states.

With the addition of boys tennis, Platt and Maloney now co-op four sports. Girls swimming, boys swimming and lacrosse, which went varsity this spring, are the others.

“This is really nice last year. We could barely fill up a team and now we have a doubled our size now that we have co-opted Maloney,” Jack Suzio said. “There are a lot more new kids, which is good because we only had three returning players. I think it’s going to be a tough season, but we should still do pretty well. ”

William Suzio said the co-op was a good opportunity for everyone who wanted to play tennis at Platt and Maloney. He added that prior to the co-op there was concern that Platt would not be the only three returning players with a team on its own.

“It’s been good to get to know some kids from the other side of town,” William Suzio said. “Maloney has added a lot to the team. It’s nice to have some more spot filled. There’s no such thing as too many people. We are willing to take whoever shows up. ”

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