WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mount Greylock boys tennis team was able to sweep Greenfield 5-0 in the Western Massachusetts Division III semifinal on Monday. While the score was lopsided, the Mounties had to scratch and fight for almost every point.
In the first doubles match, Matt Wiseman and Brady Foehl were able to take care of business, winning 6-0, 6-0 over Greenfield's Victor Ivancen and Fahrah Day. The second doubles match was more of the same as Greylock's Toby Foehl and Sam Dils won 6-0, 6-0 against Josh Cady and Brandon Siow.
In singles, No. 3 Josh Narey won 6-1, 6-2, over Elijah Xeno while Gray Kaegi and George Felogloy played a tough back-and-fourth match at No. 1 singles. Kaegi was able to hold of Felogloy, though, winning 6-3, 6-4.
For the final match, drama started before the first serve. Greylock's No. 2 Jacob Fink cut his thumb open while opening up a new can of balls. He had to get it taped up, but sixth-year head coach Stephen Bryant wasn't worried.
"Somehow this happens to someone every year," Bryant said. "[Fink's] swing looked no different."
Fink had some trouble getting into the game early on and decided to use a between-the-legs hit to get himself into gear.
"I wasn't where I wanted to be mentally," Fink said. "I was doing everything I could to get in the zone, I am just happy I won the point."
The creative kick-start seemed to work as he ended up winning the first set 6-4.
The second set was more of an uphill battle for Fink. He quickly found himself in a 3-2 hole as Kaegi finished up his match.
"Keep fighting," Kaegi yelled to his freshman teammate while walking off the court. The encouragement seemed to work at first, as Fink gained a little hop in his step and was able to tie the match at 3-3.
But a perfectly placed ball by Walker caused Fink to crash into the fence while attempting to hit the ball later on in the match. This made the second set 5-4 and it looked like Walker was making his case for a third set. Fink's teammates were not going to let him give up that easily.
The Greylock kids knew Fink was capable of coming back and continued to remind him by yelling "keep grindin' kid" and "keep going Fink."
The motivation was enough, as Fink was able to take the lead at 6-5. In the match-winning game, Fink found himself down 45-30, but was able to come back again, scoring three-straight points to win the match and complete the sweep of Greenfield.
"These kids are a lot harder on themselves than I am," Coach Bryant said. "When I go over to talk to them they often wave me off, knowing what I am about to say."
Mount Greylock improves to 12-2 with the win. The Mounties will play for the Western Mass. D-III title on Friday at Lee High School. Greylock will play the winner of No. 1 Belchertown and No. 4 Monument. Those teams will play their semifinal contest today.
Greenfield finishes its season at 11-5 and 27-year coach Rick Minor is ending his coaching career on a high note.
"[The kids] rose to the occasion, we played well and fought hard." Minor said. "Two years ago when my seniors were sophomores, I told myself that he wanted to retire with this group."
Mount Greylock 5, Greenfield 0
Singles – 1. Gray Kaegi (MG) def. George Felogloy 6-3, 6-4. 2. Jacob Fink (MG) def. Stefan Walker 6-4, 7-5. 3. Josh Narey (MG) def. Elijah Xeno 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles – 1. Matt Wiseman and Brady Foehl (MG) def Victor Ivancen and Fahrah Day 6-0, 6-0. 2. Toby Foehl and Sam Dils (MG) def. Josh Cady and Brandon Siow 6-0, 6-0.