It's practically an annual rite of spring -- a Berkshire County boys tennis team in the Western Mass. Division III team final.
Monument Mountain's boys punched their tickets to Wednesday's championship match with a 5-0 sweep of No. 2 seed Greenfield on Monday. Mount Greylock can set up an all-Berkshire County final with a win today over South Hadley.
Kevin Li and Satchel Fisher won in straight sets at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, while Cam Powell dropped a tight first set but rallied for a No. 3 singles win.
"I was never really worried," Monument coach Marshall Fisher said. "I was surprised Cam lost that first set. He was winning 5-3. He gave up the first set ... but he calmed himself down."
The Monument doubles teams -- Sam Plishtin and Andrew Rada at No. 1, and Isaac Graves and Jan Trousilek at No. 2 -- had almost-identical victories. Both won the first set 6-2, then fell 6-4 in the second set before taking the third. Graves and Trousilek won their match in a third-set tiebreaker.
"Both of my doubles teams eased up, I guess," Fisher said. "There's a tendency to loosen up when you win a fairly easy first set."
The coach expects a Greylock win today; the postseason seedings still don't sit well with him, as he feels some Division I teams that served as D-III teams' opponents aren't as strong as their division may imply.
"It really seems this year that we seem to be the best two teams," Fisher said of the Spartans and Mounties.
Singles: 1 -- Kevin Li (MM) def. Paris Felogoloy 6-0, 6-0; 2 -- Satchel Fisher (MM) def. Stefan Walker 6-2, 6-0; 3 -- Cam Powell (MM) def. George Felogoloy 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-1. Doubles: 1 -- Sam Plishtin/Andrew Rada (MM) def. Patrick Crowningshield/Ben Westerman 6-2, 4-6, 6-3; 2 -- Isaac Graves/Jan Trousilek (MM) def. Brayton Stack/Nick Brandl 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.
Girls tennis: Monument 4, Greenfield 1
GREAT BARRINGTON -- The second-seeded Spartans advanced to their third consecutive Western Mass. Division III semifinal with a decisive win over No. 7 Greenfield.
"This Greenfield team won their league and we handled them pretty easily," Monument coach Jeff Cali gari said.
That could be seen as an understatement, as the Spartans won three straight matches to open the day and end things early.
Monument's No. 2 doubles team of Carly Shafiroff and Hailey Higgins dropped only one game in beating Allie Roe and Olivia Tatsoulis, and Cara Freadman made it 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Minisha Malik.
The deciding match came at No. 1 singles where Sam White took care of Alexis Silk 6-3, 6-1.
"Sam played well," said Caligari. "She started getting into her rhythm at the end of the first set."
With the win, Monument is the last of the four semifinalists to qualify as the Spartans seek their second consecutive Division III title. The Spar tans will host sixth-seeded Mount Greylock today at 4, while Lee will face Palmer today.
"It makes us feel very good" to advance, Caligari said. "Mount Greylock is a tough team and we certainly respect them."
Singles -- 1. Sam White (MM) def. Alexis Silk 6-3, 6-1; 2. Cara Freadman (MM) def. Minisha Malik 6-1, 6-1; 3. Jen Evans (MM) def. Courtney Kimball 6-4, 6-1.
Doubles -- 1. Ashley Lowell/Theresa Ragg (G) def. Emily Martin/Molly Amstead 6-4, 7-5; 2. Carly Shafiroff/Hailey Higgins (MM) def. Allie Roe/Olivia Katsoulis 6-0, 6-1.
Baseball: Gateway 6, Lee 2
HUNTINGTON -- The Wildcats' season ended in the Division IV quarterfinal round Monday, as Gateway avenged a late-regular season loss to Lee.
Gateway scored twice in the second inning to open the scoring and kept the Wildcats at bay the rest of the way. Jake Simon took the loss for Lee, which scored single runs in the fourth and seventh innings.
Lee also had two runners thrown out trying to steal second base in the fifth inning; Gateway would then score three times in the bottom of the fifth.