Greenfield girls only first-round survivors
Greenfield High School won 60 of the 69 points scored Thursday afternoon and the seventh-seeded Green Wave advanced to the WMass Division III Girls’ Tennis quarterfinals with a relatively easy, 5-0, first-round victory over Pioneer Valley Christian School at the Davis Street courts in Greenfield.
Greenfield’s prize for the win is a Monday trip to Great Barrington, where it will take on unbeaten (14-0), second-seeded Monument Mountain Regional High School in the quarters.
Greenfield coach Barry McColgan was ecstatic with his team’s effort, and said it’s the culmination of a lot of hard work put in by his players.
“It seems to me like the girls played some of their best tennis they’ve ever played,” he said. “I’m so delighted with how good they’ve become and what good players and good kids they’ve become. Every last one of them played the best tennis of their lives today and it was just fantastic to watch.”
Two matches ended without Greenfield (13-3) allowing the other team to score a point, known in tennis speak as “bageling” your opponent. Courtney Kimball, who may be one of the WMass bagel leaders this season, earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Anguelina Borissenko at No. 3 singles. The Green Wave second doubles team of Allie Roe and Olivia Katsoulis also earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Hannah Wiese and Krystal Shumsky.
Greenfield won the first doubles match as well, with Ashley Lowell and Teresa Ragg earning a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Mariah Wiese and Rebecca Shumsky. Greenfield’s No. 1 singles player Alexis Silk knocked off Rachel LeClair, 6-2, 6-2, while at No. 2, Manisha Malik defeated Kimberly Reid, 6-2, 6-0.
Lee 4, Frontier 1 — Shelby Telega and Olivia McCulloch finished off a strong season with a victory at first doubles, but it was the only point ninth-seeded Frontier Regional School won as it fell to eighth-seeded Lee High School, 4-1, Thursday in a WMass Division III first-round girls’ tennis match in Lee.
The Red Hawks (8-7) played a number of close matches and left coach Steve Barrett pleased despite the loss. In fact, with a team that was inexperienced coming into the season, Barrett said just making the tournament was beyond his wildest dreams.
“I did not expect to have the results that the kids had this year,” he said. “I really thought we would be a sub-.500 team easily.”
Instead, the team found itself in the postseason tournament and, after a brief delay on the way to the match when the bus was rear-ended exiting the Mass Pike (no one was injured), the team continued to perform, and despite losing, was in a number of matches.
The best match of the day for Frontier was at first doubles, where Telega and McCulloch beat Ashley Kelly and Kayla Withers, 6-4, 7-5. The Red Hawks’ second doubles team of Ashley Barrington and AJ Mensah dropped a 6-2, 7-5 decision to Sarah Winston and Madison Desantis. At third singles, Frontier’s Alli Zera dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to Julia LePrevost, but according to Barrett nearly every game went to deuce.
Monument 4, Turners Falls 1 — Monument cruised to a 4-1 win over Turners Falls High School in the quarterfinals of the WMass Division III Boys’ Tennis Tournament Thursday afternoon in Greenfield Barrington.
The lone win of the day for the Indians came at first doubles, where Alex Gheorghita and Spencer defeated Issac Graves and Sam Plishtin, 2-6, 7-5, 10-7 (super tiebreaker).
The Indians finished the season 9-5.