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Hall hosted Glastonbury in boys tennis Friday in West Hartford.

Nicholas Hermes of Hall serves in his straight-set victory. Hall vs. Glastonbury boys tennis. May 13, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

By Paul Palmer

Entering Friday there were just five undefeated boys high school tennis teams in Connecticut. By the end of …….

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Hall hosted Glastonbury in boys tennis Friday in West Hartford.

Nicholas Hermes of Hall serves in his straight-set victory. Hall vs. Glastonbury boys tennis. May 13, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

By Paul Palmer

Entering Friday there were just five undefeated boys high school tennis teams in Connecticut. By the end of the day, at least one of them would be savoring its first defeat, as 10-0 Glastonbury met 12-0 Hall.

In a match that lived up to the billing, the Guardians took the victory when their No. 2 doubles team closed out 7-5, 6-2 win over Hall’s No. 2.

“We anticipated an evenly-contested match,” said long-time Hall head coach Jim Solomon. Under a blistering sun, on Friday the 13th, each side put on a great show. Hall’s No. 1 singles player, Nicholas Hermes, cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 straight set win over Joseph Chan in a battle of freshman. “Mentally I was focused today,” Hermes said. “I thought I served really well. This was a big match and I just wanted to come out and win.”

Hall’s Brandon Hermes returns the ball. Hall vs. Glastonbury boys tennis. May 13, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

Playing on the court beside Nicholas was his older brother, Brandon, who won his matchup with Andrew Risinger, 6-0, 6-2 to stake the Warriors to a quick 2-0 lead. The brothers are a dynamic 1-2 punch for Solomon and even share tennis shoes and socks. “Our dad bought two sets of them and we didn’t know it. We said we should alternate,” said Nicholas. So, each wears one white shoe and one black, as well as one white sock and one black sock.

“They are a wonderful, positive family,” said Solomon.

Freshman and No. 1 singles player Nicholas Hermes puts it all into his serve. Hall vs. Glastonbury boys tennis. May 13, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

Glastonbury was playing without one of its top singles players due to a health issue, and the third and fourth singles matches each went to tie breaks. Josh Souder of Glastonbury won a long, hard fought number 3 singles matchup with Hall’s Jeremy Eisen, 6-2, 3-6, 6-10, in a tiebreak.

Freshman Jeremy Eisen follows through on his serve. Hall vs. Glastonbury boys tennis. May 13, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

On the doubles courts, the Guardians’ No. 1 team of Matt Dennis and Niteesh Kalangi  bested Hall’s Lucas Singer and Jamir Freeman in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3. At that point there were three matches still being played – one singles and two doubles – with the winner of the match hanging in the balance as things were tied at two apiece. Players from both teams were gathered between the singles and doubles courts, rotating their attention and cheers. That energy reinforced what was  at stake for both teams.

The final …….

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