The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys tennis team won 3-2 over a scrappy Bishop Feehan High School team on Friday. The victory came despite a disqualification of one doubles match due to a shortage of Vineyard players.
As Coach Tony Omer explained, “With two of our team in Spain and one on his way to North Carolina, we weren’t able to field a complete lineup.”
Ironically, it was the doubles team of co-captains Garrett Zeilinger and David Krauthamer who sealed the match with a three-set victory over Feehan’s Taylor Spears and Evan O’Bryant, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Krauthamer said after the grueling match, “I played the last set on adrenaline. I’m exhausted … I’ll sleep well tonight.”
In the singles, sophomore Chris Ferry stepped up from his No. 2 slot to take on Feehan’s No. 1 Ben Simmons, losing 6-1, 6-2, in a hard-fought match. Sophomore Spencer Pogue moved from his normal first doubles team to play second singles, and handily defeated Naman Madan, 6-0, 6-2. After a dominant first set in third singles, freshman Eric Reubens flagged a bit in the second set, but held it together to win 6-3, 7-5, over Feehan’s Dan Mills.
At that point, the co-captain doubles team of senior Zeilinger and junior Krauthamer took charge of their match to give the Vineyarders an exciting win.
“This team is young, tough and determined,” said Coach Omer. “I am impressed by how hard they work. We were missing two of our starters today, but they focused on what needed to be accomplished and made it happen. It looks like it will be a good season with plenty of excitement.”