Coach Fennessy, Sam Potter, earn Globe tennis honors

Martha's Vineyard boys tennis coach Ned Fennessy capped a 23 year career with a second consecutive MIAA Division 3 state championship. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

The Boston Globe named Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School tennis coach Ned Fennessy Division 3 coach of the year in its annual post season awards.

Mr. Fennessy capped a 23-year career with a second consecutive Division 3 state championship when the boys team defeated Bromfield, 4-1, on June 15.

“Fennessy lived out every coach’s dream, being able to go out on top,” the Globe wrote.

Mr. Fennessy, who also won the Globe’s coach of the year award in 2009, recorded 290 wins as coach. In addition to two state championships, his Vineyard teams won four Eastern Athletic Conference titles, along with five Cape and Island league titles.

Sophomore standout Samantha Potter also earned post-season honors, named to the Eastern Athletic Conference All-Scholastic girls team.

She lost only once in 17 matches this season. Her only defeat came in the state tournament south sectional individual semi-final match. This is the second year Ms. Potter has earned a spot on the Globe All-Scholastic team.