Five teams make the grade
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Five area squads will take their best shots at winning a Western Massachusetts Team Tennis championships during the next week at the Division III boys’ and girls’ tournaments.
Three teams were seeded in the eight-team III boys’ field, the top squad being Turners Falls High School. The Indians (14-1) were seeded second and will host a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday at 4 p.m. against seventh-seeded Monument Mountain Regional High School at the Bourdeau Complex.
Turners has the best chance of wining the county’s first boys’ team title ever, but their road to the crown is fraught with trouble. Monument — a constant thorn in the side come tourney time, regardless of sport — is never an easy opponent. If the Indians can get by the Spartans, potential semifinal and final opponents include third-seeded Mt. Greylock Regional High School and top-seeded Belchertown High School (the 2011 champion), both of which are regular qualifiers.
Greenfield High School (8-7) earned the sixth seed and will make the journey to Williamstown to face unbeaten Mt. Greylock (10-0) in a quarterfinal match set for Friday at 3:30. If the Green Wave can spring the upset, it could potentially earn another rematch with TCL rival Turners in the semis.
Frontier’s mixed-gender squad — which competes in the girls’ TCL but must compete in the boys’ tourney per MIAA rules — was seeded eighth and faces and uphill battle Friday, when it travels to Belchertown (18-2) for its quarterfinal match on Friday at 3:30.
The championship match has been tentatively scheduled for June 6.
• On the girls’ side of the ledger, Greenfield and Mohawk Trail Regional High School both qualified and will play home matches.
The Warriors (9-4) were seeded eighth in the 11-team field and will entertain ninth-seeded Lee High School Friday at 3:30 in a first-round match. If Mohawk wins, it would advance to a quarterfinal match against top-seeded Sabis International Charter School (15-3).
Greenfield (11-3), meanwhile, was seeded sixth and will hosts its first-round match against 11th-seeded Holyoke Catholic High School (13-2), but the only issue is when. The schools are trying to work through multiple conflicts just to get the match in.
Regardless, if the Green Wave beat the Gaels, it will earn a trip to scenic Great Barrington for a quarterfinal matchup against third-seeded Monument Mountain (10-2).
According to the bracket released by the tournament director, all quarterfinal and semifinal will remain at dates and times to be announced, as well as the final.
See today’s Scoreboard Page for the complete brackets of both tourneys.