The MVRHS boys tennis team finished the season with a record of 16 wins, two losses. They were undefeated, 8-0, in the Eastern Athletic Conference. They advanced to the finals of the MIAA Division III South finals by defeating Canton, Ashland, and Norwell, then lost to Cape Cod Academy 3-2 to finish at 19-3. (All three losses were to CCA)
Boys tennis coach Ned Fennessy announced the following season ending awards:
Top Freshman: Patrick McCarthy, Unsung Hero: Kent Leonard. Most Improved: Justice Yennie, Special Achievement: Jackson McBride, Sportsmanship: Ryan Sawyer. Sportsmanship: Justin Smith. Most Valuable Player: Reid Yennie.
Four MV players received varsity letters for the first time: Jackson McBride, Patrick McCarthy, Grant Meacham and Bennet Schwab.
Not only was the team the repeat champion of the EAC but six members of the team received all-star honors in an unprecedented vote of the conference coaches. Never before were so many selected from a single team. Elected All Star singles players are Reid Yennie and Kent Leonard. All Star doubles players are Jackson McBride and Patrick McCarthy, Ryan Sawyer and Justin Smith,
The Times congratulates the team and its players and Ned Fennessy for completing his 21st year as boys tennis coach at MVRHS.
Girls Team Terrific
On the other hand, Connie McHugh of the Vineyard Tennis Center Workout and Spa, completed her first year as coach of the high school’s girls tennis team, also EAC champions.
The team qualifed for the MIAA Gold Award with an average grade point average above 3.0. The team’s seniors, Michaella Gaines and Camilla Fernandez graduated in the top twenty of their class.
Players chosen for All Star honors by coaches of the Eastern Athletic Conference were singles players Annie Burton and Dylan Brockmeyer and doubles players Julia Cooper and Annabelle Hackney.
Coach HcHugh dubbed Wendy Wen the team’s most improved player. Wendy moved from JV up to Varsity during the season.
Most Valuable Player honors went to Alyssa Adler who was 20-0 on the season.
Annie Burton received the True Grit award and Dylan Brockmeyer received the Tournament Award.
The coach was pleased to see how excited the girls were to see their league championship banner hung in the Sancy Pachico Gymnasium. It was the first Island girls tennis team to win their conference and reach the semi-finals in the Division South State Tournament
The Times congratulates the girls and Coach McHugh with a tip of the cap to Vineyard Youth Tennis.