Vineyard boys down Falmouth, lose to Cape Cod Academy in tennis

Justice Yennie readies for a volley in the third singles match against Falmouth, Monday afternoon at MVRHS. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys’ tennis team, undefeated (7-0) in the EAC, lost to its nemesis, Cape Cod Academy, on the Vineyard courts, Thursday, 1-4.

Justice Yennie won at third singles, 6-0, 6-3, and the second doubles duo of Justin Smith and Ryan Sawyer pressed the Academy’s pair to a third set tie breaker, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, but the CCA boys, threatening to threepeat as South Section champions, had too many guns and demonstrated why they are regarded as the top team on the Cape & Islands. They have won all but one of their last 69 season matches; their only loss: 2-3 to Duxbury.

Friday the Islanders swept Westport at Westport, 5-0, MV singles and doubles players all won in straight sets.

Monday, Coach Fennessy’s force had its way with Falmouth, here, 4-0. MV won all four matches in straight sets except first singles where Reid Yennie and Spenser Pinkney split sets then had to stop play due to rain.

The Islanders are 12-2 on the year, 7-0 in the EAC.

MV Girls turn tables

At Osterville, the Island girls defeated the Cape Cod Academy team, 4-1. Anne Burton won at first singles, 6-2, 6-3, Dylan Brockmeyer won at second singles, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Alyssa Adler won at third singles in a marathon duel, featuring two tie-breakers, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.

Julia Cooper and Annabelle Hackney took the first doubles match for the Vineyard in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

At second doubles, Michaela Gaines and Cami Fernandez conceded, 4-6, 0-6.

Last Friday Connie’s commandos swept Westport here, 5-0. Burton, Brockmeyer and Adler won their matches in straight sets as did AnnaBelle Hackney and Julia Cooper at first doubles, Michaela Gaines and Camila Fernandez at second.

Monday the Island girls were edged by Falmouth, away, 3-2. Dylan Brockmeyer and Alyssa Adler won their matches at second and third singles. But the Clipper doubles teams prevailed as did Liz Knox at first singles.

The MV team’s impressive record is 11-2.

MIAA Individuals

Saturday, at Barnstable, the MIAA South Individual tourney picked up where it left off a week ago. MV survivors of the first week of play were singles players Kent Leonard and Reid Yennie and the doubles team of Jackson McBride and Pat McCarthy.

This Saturday, Kent Leonard defeated Nauset’s Nick Robbie in the semis, 6-4, 6-1, but then fell to top-seeded Jon Zelman of Cape Cod Academy, 6-1, 6-4.

In Division 4 singles, Reid Yennie got by Nick Robbie of Harwich, 7-5, 6-4, and Spencer Pinkney of Falmouth, 7-5, 6-3, advancing to the quarterfinals where he fell to Ilya Levin of Wellesley, 6-1, 6-1.

In Division IV doubles, McBride and McCarthy defeated Barnstable’s Sonny Bisazza and Danny Brodd, advancing to the tourney quarterfinals where they fell to Mo Lyman and Matt Bejian of Needham, 6-1.

This was the first time in Ned Fennessy’s 21 years of coaching at MVRHS that Vineyarders advanced to both singles and doubles South Sectional quarterfinals.