Martha’s Vineyard boys tennis team beats CCA and Randolph

Vineyard first doubles player Jackson McBride whips through a big serve. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys tennis team rolled to two big wins, Monday over traditional rival Cape Cod Academy and May 17 over Randolph.

CCA was the last Division 3 team to beat the Vineyarders, eliminating M.V. in the South Sectional final on June 10, 2011. The Vineyarders routed an undermanned Seahawks team, 5-0, April 30 in Marstons Mills.

In that match, CCA were missing number one singles player Patrick Wyeth, the top player in the Cape and Islands. Monday, at MVRHS, Wyeth was in the line-up and posted a 6-1, 6-2 win over the Vineyard’s Natty Schneider. That was the only point the Seahawks would get, however, as the Vineyarders completed the season sweep with a 4-1 win.

The final score flattered the hosts a bit as the Seahawks challenged the Vineyarders significantly at second singles and first doubles. Kent Leonard defeated hard-hitting Jon Benoit, 6-4, 6-2. Jackson McBride and Patrick McCarthy rallied from 5-4 down in the second set to beat Anthony Diana and Cooper Tomchik 6-3, 7-5.

In the other matches, Justice Yennie downed Jack Simon, 6-1, 6-2, at third singles, while Connor Downing and Dunovan Belisle defeated Miles Goldenberg and Zach Roman, 6-0, 6-1, at second doubles.

Friday at Randolph, the Vineyarders lost only five of 60 games played in a 5-0 win over the Blue Devils. Kent Leonard and Justice Yennie moved up to play first and second singles, respectively, and won going away. Ryan Sawyer played in the third singles spot and scored a double bagel victory. Justin Smith and Sean McAndrews at first doubles, along with second doubles tandem Charlie Parkhurst and Connor Downing, won in straight sets.

The Vineyarders are 13-1 and were scheduled to complete a rain-suspended match with Somerset Berkley Wednesday afternoon. M.V. closes out the regular season with a doubleheader of sorts Thursday at home against a tough and familiar Dover Sherborn team.

The teams will first complete the opening match of the season from March 28 in Dover that was suspended due to weather, with the Vineyarders leading 2-0. Immediately following the completion of the suspended contest, the teams will play the rematch.