Martha’s Vineyard tennis teams raising a racquet

Annabelle Hackney makes a backhand return.
Photo by Ralph Stewart

Annabelle Hackney makes a backhand return.

The Martha’s Vineyard varsity boys and girls tennis teams racked up three wins each last week. The boys, defending Division 3 state champions, improved to 8-0, while the girls, two time defending Eastern Athletic Conference champs, are 6-2.

The boys won their 31st consecutive match Tuesday in Osterville against archrival Cape Cod Academy, 5-0. The Vineyarders had an unusually easy time of it against the Seahawks. CCA was hampered by the absence of number one singles player Patrick Wyeth and forfeited the singles match with the Vineyard’s Justice Yennie.

Natty Schneider won 6-2, 6-2 over Jon Benoit in first singles and Kent Leonard dropped Jack Simon, 6-1, 6-0 at second singles. The Vineyard first doubles tandem of Jackson McBride and Patrick McCarthy downed Anthony Omiya and Cooper Tomchif, 6-1, 6-1. Charlie Parkhurst and Dunovan Belisle double-bageled Miles Goldenberg and Zach Roman.

Playing Saturday in Warren against Quaboag Regional, the boys clawed the Cougars, 5-0. Kent Leonard moved up to first singles and beat Caleb Demers, 6-1, 6-3. Justice Yennie played second singles and dispatched Nick Schlosstein 6-0, 6-2. Ryan Sawyer moved into Yennie’s third singles spot and downed Connor Spencer 6-1, 6-2. The Vineyarders conceded only two games in doubles. Patrick McCarthy and Sean McAndrews won 6-2, 6-0 at first doubles. Justin Smith and Connor Downing were 6-0, 6-0 winners at second doubles.

Friday, M.V. shutout EAC foe Somerset Berkley, 5-0. Natty Schneider, Kent Leonard and Justice Yennie all won handily in singles. The Vineyard doubles tandems of Sean McAndrews and Jake Pertile, along with Connor Downing and Charlie Parkhurst, did the same.

The Vineyard girls hosted Cape Cod Academy Tuesday and beat the Seahawks, 4-1. Samantha Potter defeated Emma Doe, 6-0, 6-1, at first singles and Annie Burton was a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Caroline Young at second singles. Abigail Souza got the Seahawks on the board with a 6-4, 6-1 third singles win over Dylan Brockmeyer. Julia Cooper and Annabelle Hackney clinched the Vineyard win with a 6-1, 6-4 win at first doubles over Nell Thornton and Claire Carvonis. Josie Iadicicco and Charlotte Potter outlasted Julia Argy and Nikki Zeien at second doubles 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The Vineyarders had their toughest match of the week Saturday at MVRHS in a 3-2 win over Ursuline Academy of Dedham.

Sam Potter and Annie Burton rolled to comfortable wins in first and second singles, as did Julia Cooper and Annabelle Hackney at first doubles. Dylan Brockmeyer lost at third singles. The second doubles team of Katherine Donegan and Diamond Araujo played in the match of the day, losing a 6-4, 7-5 (12-10) decision to Ursuline’s Claire Stargard and Olivia Whalen.

Friday, the girls were nearly untouchable in a 5-0 win over EAC foe Somerset Berkley. The Lady Raiders won only four of 60 games played. Sam Potter and Annie Burton both won 6-0, 6-0; Dylan Brockmeyer won, 6-2, 6-0; Julia Cooper and Annabelle Hackney prevailed 6-1, 6-0, while Josie Iadicicco and Charlotte Potter were 6-0, 6-1 winners.