Boys and Girls Tennis: Weston looks to win SWCs

The Weston High boys and girls tennis teams are back where they belong.

That would be in the South-West Conference Championship matches with the boys hosting Pomperaug and the girls traveling to Joel Barlow to take on the Falcons, both on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.

The boys, who are 14-3 overall this year, already defeated the Panthers back on April 16, 5-2, and they've bounced back nicely after tough losses to undefeated foes Glastonbury and Staples to end the regular season.

"We're prepared," said Weston's 10th-year head coach Gary Meunier, who has a young and talented team with five underclassmen in the lineup. "If we execute we should be fine."

The Trojans have been led by the No. 1 and 2 singles combo of Eric Nalbandian and Sebastian Casellas, who is just a freshman.

Meunier is high on the duo as well as his doubles teams, featuring Greg Portner and Pranav Madan at No. 1 (only one loss on the season) and Ishan Mirchandani and Matt Sydney, who are quietly having an outstanding season at No. 2.

Even though it's a fairly young team it's a very cohesive team, Meunier said, and seniors Nalbandian and Portner have been outstanding leading the way as captains.

If Weston defeats Pomperaug it will mark its third consecutive SWC crown and 10th in 11 years.

"It's quite a run we're in," Meunier admitted.

The girls have split with Barlow this season, beating the Falcons 4-3 on April 8 and losing to them 4-3 on April 30, so head coach John Martellino expects another tight one.

"I think it'll come down to another 4-3 score, win or lose," he said. "Both teams are very even."

Martellino said he may mix things up in terms of his lineup but he's counting on Cayla Koch at No. 1 singles, Sarah Greisman at No. 3 singles and Abbey Roth and Kristen Rivera at No. 1 doubles. The quartet is undefeated in their respective positions in league play this year at 12-0, according to the coach.

Koch has been particularly impressive in her sophomore season.

"She's been unbelievable and has improved a lot from last year," Martellino said.

The coach also expects Andi Rosenblatt to excel after giving her Barlow opponent at No. 2 singles a hard-fought match each time, eventually falling in three sets.

Weston (14-4 overall), which lost to Barlow in last year's SWC title tilt, will be looking for its first league championship since 2011.

"I'll tell the girls to go out and give a good effort, do the best they can and never feel like they're out of a match because you never know what can happen," Martellino said.