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WILLIAMSTOWN — After a slight delay due to a late-arriving bus, both the Mount Greylock boys tennis team and the Lee girls continued their strong play, earning wins on Wednesday at Williams College. The Greylock boys remain undefeated in the county, winning 4-1. The Lee girls rebounded from their loss to Monument Mountain on Tuesday for a 4-1 win.
The Greylock boys (9-1, 9-0) relied on their depth to defeat Lee, but the visitors showed they have strength at the No. 1 singles spot. After dropping their first match of the season, Lee's Ibz Zia avenged the loss, forcing a third set and holding on for a 5-7. 6-4, (10-8) win over Gray Kaegi.
Kaegi started out strong, using lobs and slices to beat Zia. He went up 4-1 in the first set, but Zia kept fighting, tying the score at 5-5, before Kaegi finished out the set. After winning the second set, Zia remained poised and pulled out the victory in the tiebreaker.
"My coaches told me to take your time. Point by point, play by play," Zia said of his mentality when trailing early. "I had faith in my coaches. My coaches help me a lot."
The back-and-forth match took about two hours and 15 minutes to finish. Earning a close win against an experienced player should help the growth of the freshman from Pakistan.
"That was a huge win for our No. 1 player," Lee coach John Perry said. "It was very good match. The first time they played Gray had his number. This time, Ibz had his number."
The Greylock boys won the remaining matches in straight sets. The No. 2 doubles team of Sam Dils and Toby Foehl did not drop a game winning 6-0, 6-0 over Dominic Bartini and Ethan Costi.
Despite the loss, Greylock coach Stephen Bryant said Kaegi is the anchor of the team. His leadership follows in the footsteps of captains Will Nolan, Nyein Soe and Rohan Sastri before him.
"He's grown each year," Bryant said. "When I had to pick a captain for this year I knew it was going to be Gray. I don't like to pick captains too early on. I like to see how they interact with each other and who has the best leadership qualities. Gray is always keeping the team on task and making sure nobody is messing around."
For the Greylock girls, this season has been about teaching a growth. At No. 2 doubles Greylock's Charlotte Sanford and Hannah Gilooly forced a third set, however the seventh graders had no experience playing in tiebreakers. Greylock coach John Jacobbe and Lee coach Norma Comalli coached their players through the final set, and Cindy Ni and Erin Brisebois (also seventh graders) won the tiebreaker 7-1. Cedar Keyes and Kate Pfister earned Greylock's lone victory at No. 1 doubles, beating Kati Guzman and Michelle Desiata 6-4, 6-0.
The Wildcats won the remaining matches despite being shorthanded. Several singles players missed the match, but Anna Wang and Angie Nejaime — players that were mainly doubles players — earned wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. No. 1 singles player Suriana Lee did not drop a game against Josie Palsin, winning 6-0, 6-0.
"It was a nice competitive match," Lee coach Norma Comalli said. "I wanted Angie and Anna to play some singles, and I wanted to see some of my new girls [play], because they're going to be my future."
Mount Greylock boys 4, Lee 1
Singles — 1. Ibz Zia (L) def. 5-7, 6-4, (10-6) Gray Kaegi. 2. Jacob Fink (MG) def. Michael Comalli 6-0, 6-1. 3. Josh Narey (MG) def. Jed DeVarennes 6-1, 6-1. Doubles — 1. Matt Wiseman/Brady Foehl (MG) Julian Najaime/Luka Loehr 6-3, 6-0. 2. Sam Dils/Toby Foehl (MG) def. Dominic Bartini/Ethan Costi 6-0, 6-0.
Lee girls 4, Mount Greylock 1
Singles — 1. Suriana Lee (L) def. Josie Palsin 6-0, 6-0. 2. Anna Wang (L) def. Oriana VanSlycke 6-1, 6-0. 3. Angie Nejaime (L) def. Emma Jankiewicz 6-1, 6-1. Doubles — 1. Cedar Keyes/Kate Pfister (MG) def. Kati Guzman/Michelle Desiata 6-4, 6-0. 2. Cindy Ni/Erin Brisebois (L) def. Hannah Gilooly/Charlotte Sanford 6-5, 1-6, 7-1.
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