All-county matchup set in Western Mass. tennis tournament
There will be an all-county matchup when the Western Massachusetts boys individual tennis tournament resumes in Longmeadow.
Monument Mountain's Cam Powell will face No. 3 Tanner DeVarennes of Lee on Saturday after both advanced Sunday. Powell needed three sets to defeat Amherst's James Kirvin, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.
The pair are two of five local boys to advance. Mount Greylock's Rohan Shastri, the No. 1 seed, beat Andy Consolati of Lee, 6-0, 6-0 to reach the second day of play. Pittsfield's Tom Cimini won twice, beating Brian Turnbull of Chicopee before knocking off Central's No. 1 singles player, Ian Patraica.
In the girls tournament at Smith College, four singles players and three doubles teams from the county are still alive. Monument Mountain's Courtney Freadman and Sam White advance in the singles field, while teammates Jen Evans and Cara Freadman will return Saturday in the doubles event. Lenox's Kelly Babich and Greylock's Margot Besnard are through in singles. Greylock's team of Tyra Nurmi and Abby Tague and Pittsfield's pairing of Emily Deaso and Amanda Miller advanced in the doubles bracket.
In the boys tournament, Cimini led 5-0 in the second set, but had to stave off Patraica's comeback attempt before closing him out, according to PHS coach John Clarno.
Monument's Satchel Fisher is also still alive after a second-round win over No. 10 Ian Dansereau of Ludlow. Spartans coach Marshall Fisher said his son played his best tennis of the year to advance. Equally impressive was Powell's come-from-behind win over Amherst's top singles player.
"I never worry when he gets down," Marshall Fisher said. "He's such a good athlete. He just knows never to get down and he can always fight back."
Pittsfield's Conor Dempsey lost in the first round while Monument's Kevin Li and Greylock's Jonah Majumder fell in second-round matches.
In Northampton, Freadman beat Taconic's Emily Rice in an All-Berkshire second-round match, 6-2, 6-4 to advance. White didn't lose a game in her opener against Holyoke Catholic's Pallavi George before giving up just four games to Agawam's Alexis Mirski in the second round.
"[White] served well all day and was real steady from the baseline playing well within herself," said Spartans coach Jeff Caligari. "It's the best she's played all year."
Besnard advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Northampton's Adele Fantasia after an first-round bye. Babich cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Palmer's Taylor Mastriani after a bye as well.
In the doubles field, Freadman and Evans received a walkover while Nurmi and Tague defeated Central's Kazma Abdoo and Kim Huynh 6-2, 6-2. Deaso and Miller moved on, winning the third set 6-0 over Belchertown's Morgan O'Connor and Angela Grabazs after losing the second set in a tiebreak.
Greylock's Tara Shastri and Pittsfield's Micaela Goodrich fell in the second round of the singles field while Pittsfield's Clara Quitmann and Taylor Turner lost in the first round. The Generals' doubles team of Anna Worley and Anna Black lost in the first round of that tournament.
Both the boys and girls tournaments resume Saturday.
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