Martha’s Vineyard beats rival Cape Cod Academy in tennis playoff

Justice Yennie, in action, Monday in the MIAA sectional quarter-final against Hanover, lifted the Vineyarders to a win over Cape Cod Academy in the semi-final this afternoon at the Vineyard Tennis Center. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Call it poetic justice, if you will. Last year, Cape Cod Academy beat the Martha’s Vineyard boys tennis team twice during the regular season and eliminated M.V. in the MIAA Division 3 South Sectional final.

This year, the Vineyarders returned the favor. The Purple and White beat the Seahawks twice in the regular season, each time by a 3-2 score. Both times, CCA won at first and second singles, while the Vineyarders won at first and second doubles. Both times, Justice Yennie prevailed at third singles.

Wednesday afternoon at the Vineyard Tennis Center, with the teams again deadlocked at 2-2, the match and the Vineyard season rested squarely on Yennie’s racquet. As he had done in all 19 previous matches this year, Justice pulled out the win, for a 3-2 final score and the top seeded Vineyarders (20-0) advanced to the south sectional final Saturday, at Old Rochester Regional in Mattapoisett, where they will face either second seeded Westport or sixth seeded Dover-Sherborn.

Yennie defeated Oliver Rogers 6-1, 6-2 for his 40th win in a row overall.

Earlier in the afternoon, Patrick Wyeth put the Seahawks in the lead with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Kent Leonard at first singles.

The Vineyarders tied the match when Jackson McBride and Natty Schneider defeated Jon Hagerty and Jack Simon at first doubles, 6-1, 6-3.

M.V. took a 2-1 lead, thanks to Ryan Sawyer and Justin Smith, who downed Cooper Tumchik and Jon Benoit at second doubles 6-3, 6-1.

CCA’s Will Hoyt evened the contest at 2-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Patrick McCarthy at second singles.

Thus, the table was set for Justice to prevail and he did just that.