Boys’ tennis earns impressive win over DedhamBy Holly Erickson
The CHS boys’ tennis team went 1-1 for the week, with a loss to Sharon and a huge win against Dedham, bringing its record to 8-4. While falling to Sharon was certainly a disappointment, the boys came back and downed Dedham in a critical division victory.
Last Monday’s match against the Eagles ended in a 5-0 loss, with no real high points. Coach Leo Nelson didn’t have much to say, except that the Bulldogs “played okay against the possible state champs for Division 2 this year.”
But Friday’s match against Dedham was a different story. According to Nelson, the 4-1 win against the Marauders “was not your average match.” With players out for a variety of reasons — from the sophomore semi-formal to AP testing — Nelson was left shifting players into new spots.
“We had some players filling in where they usually don’t play,” he said, “but we were still able to pull out a 4-1 win. This victory shows our depth and gives a little look into what next year might bring.”
Senior Logan Cerruti played at the first singles spot and lost a tough battle (6-4, 6-4) against Dedham’s usual number one. Senior Alex Geyyer won at the No. 2 spot (6-3, 6-4), while junior Andrew Sulkala took home another strong win at third singles, 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles teams were also changed quite a bit. At first doubles were junior Sam Solomon and senior Matt Garcia.
“They had a little trouble finding their communication and motion on the court,” said Nelson, “but once they got their rhythm, they took home a good win for the team.”
At second doubles, seniors Ben Pirog and Matt Piana won 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. Despite some jitters, the pair “showed great poise and communicated well to take home the win,” explained Nelson.
Up next for the boys are scheduled matches on May 16 at Oliver Ames and May 17 at home against Foxboro. In addition, the south sectional tournament starts this weekend, and Nelson was hoping for good wins to not only improve the squad’s record but also garner strong seeding for the tournament.
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