LEE -- Emma Forget said the Lee girls tennis team was "terrified" of Monument Mountain.
There's no reason for the Wildcats to be fearful anymore after a 4-1 victory on Tuesday.
"We were scared, I think, yesterday after [beating] Mount Everett," Forget said. "We wanted to celebrate but we can't, we can't until [Tuesday]. I can celebrate and be happy and not worried like I was all day."
Monument (4-2, 4-2 county) was without its normal No. 2 singles player, Courtney Freadman, who had class obligations. That didn't make Forget's job any easier against Shea Caligari. Forget rallied from a first-set tiebreaker loss to win 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-1 and complete a singles sweep for Lee (4-2, 4-2).
The Lee boys won as well, beating the Spartans 3-2. Monument (3-2, 3-2) was missing third singles player Cam Powell and doubles player Ian Akers to the same class obligations as Freadman. That forced coach Marshall Fisher to shuffle his lineup.
"It makes a huge difference," Fisher said. "The whole season they're concentrating on doubles and now Sam [Plishtin] has to play a big singles match."
Plishtin fell to Jack Harding at third singles, while Tanner DeVarennes -- despite an ankle injury suffered early in the season-- gave Lee another victory at first singles, dispatching Satchel Fisher 6-1, 6-1. Monument's lone singles win came from Kevin Li at second singles. He beat Andy Consolati in three sets.
The Wildcats (5-1, 5-1) clinched the win at first doubles when Matty Kelley and Joe Winston beat Jan Trousilek and Isaac Graves 6-2, 7-6 (3).
"This is a real big match," DeVarennes said. "I think we'll be able to show the county we're really a top team and that we're dangerous. We can do some damage later in the playoffs."
The Lee girls were hoping to send the same message. An ecstatic Caitlyn Briggs got the Wildcats started with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Sam White at first singles. While Forget and Caligari battled to a third set on court two, Eileen Dooley went back and forth with Cara Freadman at third singles, eventually winning in three sets as well.
Cara Freadman, the younger sister of Courtney, normally plays doubles but had to be moved up with her sister absent. She took Dooley the distance, both players forcing long rallies with their consistency, before falling 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
"You can end the points a lot quicker in doubles," Freadman said. "I didn't know when [the points] were going to end."
Wildcats coach Jeff Forget said he was a little surprised by the singles sweep. The coach had circled Tuesday's meeting with the defending county champions on the calendar, knowing it would show where Lee belonged among the county's elite.
It looks like the Wildcats are very much in the conversation at the top.
"A win like this for the team is a big confidence-builder," he said. "It really is. They know they can play with the big boys so to speak."
Lee girls 4, Monument 1
Singles -- 1. Caitlyn Briggs (L) def. Sam White, 7-5, 6-3; 2. Emma Forget (L) def. Shea Caligari, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-1; 3. Eileen Dooley (L) def. Cara Freadman, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
Doubles -- 1. Jen Evans/Paula Krenicki (M) def. Julie LePrevost/Isley Gagnon, 7-6 (5), 6-2; 2. Hadley Cook/Victoria Murphy (L) def. Emily Martin/Molly Amstead, 6-4, 6-4.
Lee boys 3, Monument 2
Singles -- 1. Tanner DeVarennes (L) def. Satchel Fisher, 6-1, 6-1; 2. Kevin Li (M) def. Andy Consolati, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1; 3. Jack Harding (L) def. Sam Plishtin, 6-3, 7-5.
Doubles -- 1. Matty Kelley/Joe Winston (L) def. Jan Trousilek/Isaac Graves, 6-2, 7-6 (3); 2. Andrew Rada/Trevor deRis (M) def. Mike Eckert/Sam Kelley, 6-1, 7-5.