Martha’s Vineyard boys tennis wins third straight

Freshman Max Hammond hits a forehand during the third singles match vs. Fairhaven — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The MVRHS boys tennis team is three for three after a 4-1 win Monday at Sandwich. The Blue Knights are the first team in the young season to register a point against the Purple. They did it in the first singles match as Matt Martin topped Patrick McCarthy 6-3, 6-0. The Vineyarders turned the tables by winning both doubles matches, 6-1, 6-2. Zak Danz and Dunovan Belisle defeated James O’Brien and Justin Leach at first doubles, while James Kelliher and David Webster beat Jack Caseli and Jack Condin.

The final two singles matches were tough, but the Vineyarders prevailed. Connor Downing won, 6-3, 6-4, over Christian Rossomando at second singles, and Max Hammond outlasted Vincent Tanguilig, 4-6, 6-1 and 10-8, at third singles in a third set tie-breaker.

“We have some tough competition coming up,” Coach Josh Schaan said. “Sandwich was a good test because they’re a bigger school.”

The Vineyarders have had a good opening week to the season, Josh Schaan’s first as head coach.

“It was a really good first week,” Coach Schaan said. “Fifteen matches played with only one loss: it’s definitely a good sign. This young group that we have is exciting for the future. Patrick [senior captain Patrick McCarthy] is doing a good job encouraging the younger players. He has the good qualities that you like to see in a captain.”

The boys played Bishop Stang in an Eastern Athletic Conference match Wednesday in Oak Bluffs and travel to Attleboro on Friday for a big EAC match at Bishop Feehan.