The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) girls tennis team’s drive for five consecutive state titles passed a big test on Monday in Mattapoisett, as the No. 3 Vineyarders defeated No. 2 Old Rochester Regional (ORR), 4-1, in an MIAA Division 2 South Sectional semifinal battle of the unbeaten.
With the win, the Vineyarders (19-0) advanced to the South finals on Wednesday at Plymouth South High School, against the winner of No. 1 Scituate and No. 4 Dover-Sherborn. The match is scheduled to start at 4 pm. Old Rochester finished the season at 20-1.
The Vineyarders swept the three singles matches to clinch the best-of-five series. First singles Kelly Klaren was a 6-0, 6-0, winner over Delaney Pothier, Victoria Scott defeated Danielle Nutter at second singles, 6-2, 6-2, and third singles Hannah Rabasca downed Grace McCarthy 6-1, 6-0. Kinsley Dickerson and Charlotte Cole got ORR on the board with a 6-4, 6-4, win at second doubles over Vineyarders Alex Rego and Karinne Nivala.
MV added a fourth point after Chesca Potter and Molly Pogue took the first doubles match in a third-set tiebreak, defeating Delaney Soucy and Caroline Owens 7-6, 4-6 (10-4).
“I’m super-proud of the way the team played,” Vineyard Coach Chris Scott said after the win. “Every player gave maximum effort. Old Rochester is a quality team top to bottom. I knew this was a defining match for the team, and I could not be happier with their performance. This was a good one.”