Vineyard boys tennis team goes to finals, girls lose in semis
The Vineyard boys tennis team surged into the south regional finals of the MIAA division 3 state tournament with a thorough dismantling of 10th seeded Norwell, Wednesday afternoon at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School.
The Vineyarders won all five matches in straight sets. Reid Yennie won the first singles match 6-1, 6-2. Kent Leonard took the second singles match, 6-1, 6-3 and Justice Yennie triumphed 6-0, 6-1.
In doubles play, Jackson McBride and Justin Smith won 6-2, 6-1, while Ryan Sawyer and Austin Stephenson won 6-0, 6-1.
The Vineyarders have won all 15 matches in their first three playoff contests against Canton, Ashland, and Norwell.
The boys will play top seeded Cape Cod Academy in Marston's Mills on Friday at 3:30pm for the south regional title.The Seahawks beat the Vineyarders in both meetings during the regular season.
The Vineyarders will be making their first appearance in the regional finals and stand at 19-2 for the season, the most successful in Ned Fennessy's 21 years as the team's coach.
Monday in the quarter-finals against 11th seeded Ashland, the Islanders bade the Clockers bon voyage, but it wasn't easy.
The first singles match went to three sets and took two and a half hours. At second singles, Kent Leonard survived long rallies before winning straight sets. Justice Yennie needed a tie-break to win his first set. At second doubles, Justin Smith and Ryan Sawyer needed to win the third set to claim, which they did 6-3. Only, the first doubles tandem of Jackson McBride and Patrick McCarthy made short work of the Clockers, winning 6-1, 6-0.
The Islanders began post season play on Friday, hosting the Canton Bulldogs.
At first singles, Reid Yennie and Viboosh Chandrasekar struggled an hour and a half through the first set before Yennie claimed the win on a tie-break, 7-6. Reid was leading in the second set, 4-3, when the Canton coach withdrew his player for unsportsmanlike conduct.
MV Girls fall to Norwell in semis
The Vineyard girls travelled to Norwell Wednesday to meet the second ranked Clippers in the division 3 south semi-final and lost 4-1, but the score failed to tell the tale of a hard fought contest that took over three hours to complete.
Alyssa Adler remained perfect for the entire season by winning the third singles match 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
Annie Burton lost in first singles 2-6, 4-6 and Dylan Brockmeyer dropped a 2-6, 5-7 decision in second singles.
Julia Cooper and Annabelle Hackney fell 6-7, 1-6 in first doubles and Wendy Wen and Michaella Gaines lost in second doubles 1-6, 4-6.
Despite the tough loss, the 2011 season was the best ever for the girls, who won the Eastern Athletic Conference and finished 16-4 overall under first-year coach Connie McHugh.
The playoffs started brightly on Monday as the third seeded Vineyarders were home to Cohasset, seeded sixth. The Skippers proved to be a high hurdle to clear, but clear it the Islanders did, 3-2, taking sweet revenge for a previous loss and earning the right to tackle second seed Norwell there, Wednesday.
With the score tied at 2-2, the Monday match hung on the first singles duel between MV's Annie Burton and Cohasset's Hannah Rawson. The match took more than two hours. Burton won the first set 6-4. The players were deadlocked at 6-6 in the second set and 6-6 in the ensuing tie-breaker, until Burton won the final two points to claim the match.
MV won all three singles matches, while the Skippers took both doubles honors.