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Hawks fall to ESN

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic had two victories in its boys’ tennis match against East Stroudsburg North on Monday at Liberty High School.

The first win came at number one singles by Matt Falteich, 6-0, 6-2.

“I just played consistent. I was always ahead,” Falteich said. “It’s a lot different [than doubles]. You don’t have anyone to rely on.”

The Hawks’ second win came at three doubles by Gabe Velez and Connor Aitken, 6-2, 6-1.

“They were playing pretty well. I don’t think the score reflects that. They’re a pretty good team,” said Velez.

Both Velez and Aitken are new to the sport of tennis.

“You need to keep your focus, and even though we were winning, it’s never easy,” Aitken said. “I think we have good footwork that carries over from soccer. Definitely the swinging motion is new, and it’s harder than it looks. I think we stayed pretty consistent throughout the match.”

The team match, itself, was close throughout.

“We didn’t know what the score was, and two singles was still playing,” said Velez. “We’re best friends off the court, so we do stuff a lot, so I think the chemistry there is definitely good. Where you want to be on the court, you really have to coordinate, especially playing doubles.”

Becahi senior Nick Cenek played a long two-set match at two singles but lost, 2-6, 5-7.

“I think if we went to a third set, it would have been close. He was very slow. He kind of iced me every play. Every point, whenever he’d get the ball, he’d wait 10 seconds or so, maybe 15 before he even served the ball, so that was very frustrating. He just iced me a lot, and that, I guess, was a good strategy for him. He was tired, for sure. That’s why he kept waiting so long, but it hurt me also,” said Cenek.

In the end, Cenek was sure there were things he wanted to work on for future matches.

“I think whenever I went really slow, and kind of hit the ball back and forth, back and forth, he would eventually make a mistake, but whenever I went to go really hard, aim the ball into a corner, I would either go over the line or it would hit the net,” he said.

At three singles, Sean Van Ormer, who usually plays doubles, lost his match, 3-6, 5-7.

Jacob Kanyuk and Steve Botek lost at two doubles, 3-6, 0-6, and Maanik Singh and Brett Wyatt lost at four doubles, 3-6, 3-7.

The Hawks are set to play their first rivalry match against Liberty this week, past Press deadlines, and its second, against Freedom, on Monday.