|Besides, it would have been far too easy for Denenberg to be
thrilled with his play, which was nothing short of
Denenberg, the Class LL runner-up, carved up
Alexander, the Class L champion, with a powerful serve and precise
"I had a little bit of a mental lapse at the
beginning of the second set," said Denenberg, whose only loss this
season was to Fairfield Prep's Todd Paul in the Class LL title
match. "Other than that, it was a pretty good
Alexander, a classic counter-puncher who tracks down
everything hit at him, could not get Denenberg to play at a
"He hit some great shots and he's a great
player," said Alexander of Denenberg, whom he knows quite well as
both played at The Tennis Club of Trumbull. "I didn't wake up until
late and my serve wasn't working for me."
In the doubles
final, brothers Brian and Scott Matthews of Cheshire defeated
Fairfield Prep's August Vorvis and Tom Curran 6-4, 6-2.
Brian Matthews, it not only completed a season that also saw him win
the Class L doubles title, but seven overall state or regional
championships in his four-year career.
The Matthews brothers,
who did not play as a doubles team during the regular season, played
the big points with conviction and focus, which admittedly Vorvis
and Curran did not.
"We were in every game," Vorvis said.
"But we looked back (upon losing games) and let it get to us, which
Said Scott Matthews, who is a sophomore, "We just
stayed in every point, we kept it alive. We ended up winning a lot
of those points, which felt good us, but probably made them feel a
Cheshire coach Jim Matthews also got to play
the role of proud father and coach for a second straight
"Obviously, as a father I'm happy," Jim Matthews said.
"It's a good way for Brian to end his career and something to get
Scott really psyched about next year."
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