Updated June 5
The second-seeded and unbeaten Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys tennis team got off to a bright start in the MIAA Division 3 South Sectional tournament with a 5-0 win over Norwell on Tuesday at the Ned Fennessy Courts in Oak Bluffs.
With a gusty, chilly wind swirling throughout the match, the Vineyarders (17-0) and Clippers (8-8) battled the elements as much as each other.
Third singles Eric Reubens was first off the court with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Braeden Woolf. Owen Favreau and Spencer Pogue followed in short order, defeating Blake Landry and Connor Burtch at first doubles 6-0, 6-0 and first singles Chris Ferry clinched the best-of-five series of matches by topping Harrison Zayotti 6-1, 6-0.
Max Potter put the Vineyarders up 4-0, playing the wind with some well-placed lobs and using a skillful mix of power and finesse to dispatch Vikram Bail 6-0, 6-0 at second singles.
The second doubles match was a two-hour marathon with David Krauthamer and Ben Belisle rallying to beat Charlie Mossiat and Brian Alban 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 10-1 (third set tie-break) as fans and players from both teams showed their spirit.
Next up for the Vineyarders is a home match with the 10th seeded Maimonides School of Brookline in the South quarterfinals on June 6 at 5:15 pm. The M-Cats were 3-2 winners over Sturgis-West, a team the Vineyarders beat by the same score in Oak Bluffs on April 23 and 4-1 at Cape Cod Community College on May 15.