2014 Boys Tennis Preview: Net Gains

GLOVERSVILLE – For the past two seasons, the Gloversville tennis team has finished 7-3 in league play and second in the Foothills Conference. If they hope to take the next step this year, it will be without the help of four key seniors from last year’s squad.

Kyle Garguilo, Mike Marotta, Jordan Coughlin, and Mike Priolo are no longer with the team, meaning sophomore Scotty Bruce will be key to Gloversville’s success this season.

“We would like to bring Gloversville its first Foothills tennis title,” head coach Michael Bruce said. “But we have a long road ahead of us.”

The return of a young, decorated player like Scotty Bruce is a good thing for Gloversville. Bruce was the lone area selection to the 2013 Foothills Council boys’ tennis all-star team after finishing with a 10-3 mark as a freshman. Bruce and Garguilo teamed up at the Foothills Council Tennis Tournament in Queensbury last May and made it to the semifinals of the A doubles tourney before falling 8-3 to Scotia-Glenville’s Adam Ashcroft and Aaron Keegan. Bruce also competed individually, falling in the second round.

Bruce is joined by a host of returners. Seniors include Sheldon Billa, Marko Markovic and Josh Daily, while a pair of junior girls will look to improve on their 2013 campaign. Jessica Clet and Sarah Label advanced to the semifinals in last year’s B doubles tourney before falling 8-0 to Queensbury.

Nicholas Bruce is back for his second year of competition after competing as an eighth-grader in 2013. He will be joined by freshmen newcomers Zach Catucci, Kyle Fonda and Brian Hugo. Jeannine DeMarco, Kendra Smith and Kaila Kewley are new on the girls side, while seventh- grader Damian Bruce rounds out the roster as the team’s youngest member.

“As usual, the goal is to get ready to compete,” Coach Bruce said, “If we can hold our own during the matches, then we have a chance to win the match. The kids are training hard right now getting ready for the season.”

Gloversville will hit the courts for its first regular-season matches on April 7 in Queensbury. The Huskies will host their first slate of matches three days later against South Glens Falls.