Matt Kandath helps New York Buzz in home opener

"(Playing for state titles) gives you a ton of experience. Without it, you get in front of a big crowd, you don't know what to do," said Kandath.

It also helped Kandath to have a large cheering section from Gansevoort headed up by his mother, Cindy. "I was happy to see him serving so well," she said.

Kandath returned for the mixed doubles set. Teamed up with Will, Kandath again held serve and made some nice shots, including a forehand winner that landed inside the baseline while Philadelphia's team of Parrott and Surina de Beer were both close to the net. Parrott and de Beer recovered to defeat Kandath and Will 5-3 for the only set win the Freedom recorded in the match.

"Many of these guys are solid," said Kandath. "They make great decisions and put the ball in play."

Kandath returned to SEFCU Arena for the Buzz's Sunday match against Boston, and he played again in Monday's home match against the New York Sportimes.

Monday's match may have been Kandath's last in the Capital District for a while. He is playing in tournaments in Pittsburgh and New England this summer before moving to northern California to attend Stanford on a tennis scholarship.

"We're planning a couple of road trips," said Cindy Kandath.


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