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NCU Tennis Keeps Rolling, Sweeps Middlebury 7-0

May 6, 2012

Peter Steuwe is ready to rally on against Middlebury. Photo Mike Olmstead

NEWPORT–North Country's boys’ tennis team is on a tearing things up. They picked up their fourth straight win on Saturday, a 7-0 blanking of Middlebury, to bump up their record to 4-1 on the season.
In singles play, Dave Durivage, playing in the number one position, staved off what coach Gary Atchinson called "an early bombardment" and won in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
Consistency was the name of the game for number two singles’ player Travers Parsons-Grayson, as he won easily 6-1, 6-1.
Thomas Durivage also had a smooth go of it, winning 6-0, 6-1.
"Thomas had excellent point construction today," said Atchinson. "He used his highly aggressive game to overwhelm his opponent."
Zach Tweed's number four singles match was a close one, as he defeated Matt Padiaza 6-4, 7-5.
Wrapping up singles action Maoz Knight won a competitive match 6-3, 6-4.
Said the coach, "Maoz used good approach shots to get to the net where he could hit, forcing volleys."
Turning to doubles play, Steve Raboin returned to action and teamed with Peter Steuwe to pick up the 6-4, 6-2 win in the number two doubles slot.
The Falcons’ toughest match of the day was the number one doubles contest between the duo of Kody Halikas and Fred Petzoldt and the Tigers' Elliot Abbott and Eric Padiaza.
Middlebury skunked the Falcons in the first set 6-0, but the match was far from over.
Halikas and Petzoldt came battling back to win a hard fought 7-6 set to force a tiebreaker, which needed extra time, and in the end, the home town boys won 11-9.
"This was a great uphill comeback. They recovered from the first set to win a hard fought nip and tuck second," Atchinson said.
Now the boys will have five days to prepare for what Atchinson believes will be a "challenging clash" this Friday at home against Harwood.
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