The top-seeded Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys tennis team took an impressive second step in the MIAA state tournament with a 4-1 win over a tough Monomoy team in the Division 3 South Sectional quarterfinals, Tuesday afternoon at the Ned Fennessy courts in Oak Bluffs.
The Vineyarders were without No. 1 singles player Max Potter, due to a prior commitment, and Head Coach Kev Lewis.
According to MVRHS Athletic Director Mark McCarthy, former girls varsity tennis coach Chris Scott is filling in as a substitute coach while Lewis manages personal matters which did not allow him to be present at Tuesday’s match. McCarthy said that he has been in touch with Coach Lewis, discussing a date for his return.
“I can’t thank Coach Scott enough for stepping in at this time,” McCarthy said. “He was more than willing to help Coach Lewis during this difficult time.”
Ninth-seeded Monomoy (10-3) came into Tuesday’s match riding the momentum of a 5-0 win over eighth-seeded Norwell in the first round, and gave the unbeaten Vineyarders a good battle in Oak Bluffs.
Eric Reubens played in the first singles spot, and defeated Troy Olson 6-4, 6-2, in a match filled
with exciting rallies, and Jacob Riis topped Ryan Casey 6-2, 6-3, at second singles. Monomoy secured a point after the Vineyarders forfeited the third singles match.
In the doubles matches, Clyde Smith and Teagan Myers posted a 6-2, 6-4, win over Joe Malone and Colin Malone, while Ben Belise and Jack Marshard rallied from a set down to defeat Matt Barbella and Charles Watson 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
“The boys played great,” Coach Scott said after the match.
Fielding the same lineup, the Vineyarders started off the state tournament on Monday with a 4-1 home win over No. 17 Bourne. Eric Reubens won handily over Bourne’s Xavier Enokia 6-0, 6-0. Jacob Riis played well at second singles, and downed Michael Carrara 6-1, 6-0.
The Vineyarders forfeited the third singles match, and swept the doubles matches. The No. 1 doubles team of Teagan Myers and Clyde Smith clinched the best-of-five series, defeating Jeff Ellis and Ian Gray 6-1, 6-1. Second doubles Ben Belisle and Jack Marshard bested Alex Shvayko and Joziah DeSouza 6-3, 6-0, to close out the afternoon.
Next up for MV (12-0) is a home date with fourth-seeded Sturgis West (12-1) in the South semifinals on Thursday, with an approximate starting time of 1:30 pm.