Martha’s Vineyard high school tennis team sweeps first two matches

Reed Yennie serves up a point. — Photo by M.C. Wallo

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School tennis team swept its first two matches of the season. Coach Ned Fennessy has fielded a talented boys’ tennis team.

The Vineyarders first win was away against the Skippers of Cohasset High School on Thursday, March 31. The victory came despite the absence of second singles player Kent Leonard, who was indisposed, and snow-soaked courts that abbreviated two of the singles matches.

At first singles, Reid Yennie made quick work of his opponent, Matt Boland, winning in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.

The Vineyard doubles teams did as well. Jackson McBride and Patrick McCarthy prevailed 6-2, 6-0. Justin Smith and Ryan Sawyer won their match, 6-2, 6-3.

The matches started under cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid 40’s. But two hours later the temperature had dropped into the mid 30’s and snow fell melting as soon as it hit the tarmac, soaking the courts and making them too wet to continue. When play stopped Justice Yennie was leading, barely, 4-6, 6-3, 5-4.

At third singles Grant Meacham was even, 5-7, 6-4.

With three wins and two suspended matches, The Vineyard claimed victory.

Saturday, on their home courts, the Vineyarders were clearly superior to the visiting Shamrocks of Bishop Feehan. Martha’s Vineyard won all five matches, four in straight sets.

Reid Yennie defeated Matt Boland, 7-5, 6-4. Kent Leonard dominated Josh Loew, 6-2, 6-0. It took three sets, but Justice Yennie completed the singles sweep, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

The Island doubles teams won in straight sets: McBride and McCarthy 6-2, 7-6 (5), Smith and Sawyer 6-2, 6-3.