Updated Wednesday May 3
The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys tennis team defeated the Sandwich Blue Knights on Monday in a one-sided contest at the Ned Fennessy courts in Oak Bluffs. The Vineyarders won all five matches, improving to 4-1 on the season. Sandwich fell to 5-4 with the loss.
The hosts swept the five matches, three singles and two doubles, in convincing fashion. In first singles, senior captain Zach Danz beat Sandwich’s Vincent Tanguilig 6-1, 6-0; second singles senior Nainoa Cooperrider dispatched Evan Abramson 6-0, 6-1; and freshman Chris Ferry eased past Jake Bates 6-0, 6-0 in third singles.
The Vineyarders were equally dominant in the doubles. The first doubles team of senior Max Hammond and freshman Owen Favreau beat Matt Stergis and Andy Miehle 6-2, 6-2. At second doubles, senior Jim Kelliher and freshman Spencer Pogue did not lose a game in their straight-set victory over Brett Rymsha and Jack Greenhalgh.
Martha’s Vineyard Coach Bill Rigali, a longtime high school tennis coach now in his second year with the team, cited his squad’s “good balance” as a key to success. He also acknowledged the Island’s thriving year-round tennis community and its impact on the high school teams.
“We have a powerful No. 1 player in Zach Danz,” he said. “And there’s very little drop-off between Zach and our 2 through 7 players. The Island has a very strong tennis community. Vineyard Youth Tennis is a big factor in developing good young players. Kids need coaching and guidance, and VYT provides both. We’re fortunate.”