All-Eagle Boys Tennis Team
The All-Eagle MVP was 12-3 this season, earning singles wins over fellow All-Eagle selections Kevin Li, Will Nolan and Satchel Fisher. Two of his losses came to Longmeadow standout Ross Kamin, the Western Mass. individual champion. At one point in the season, Cimini won seven consecutive matches.
The coach's take: He had the capability of coming from behind in many matches. This was one of his traits. He'd figure out a way to win.
-- John Clarno, Pittsfield coach Kevin Li
Senior, Monument Mountain
Li, a repeat All-Eagle selection, was a combined 12-2 this season between Nos. 1 and 2 singles. Ten of those wins were at No. 1 singles, with one of his losses coming in Monument Mountain's state semifinal loss. Li's competitive fire led the Spartans to a Western Mass. Division III championship, with a big three-set win over Mount Greylock rival and fellow All-Eagle selection Nyein Soe.
The coach's take: He's just a very tough competitor. He would just hang in there forever. When he gets tough, he just refuses to lose. He did that against Nyein Soe twice, especially in that Western Mass. final. He may not have been playing his best, but he refused to give in at the end.
-- Marshall Fisher,
Monument Mountain coach
Junior, Mount Greylock
Soe (10-5), who went between No. 2 and No. 1 singles before settling at the top for the end of the season, looked to be at his best and most confident in big matches. He's the only Berkshire County player to earn a singles win over All-Eagle MVP Tom Cimini of Pittsfield this season, a 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 win at home on April 17. Greylock coach Stephen Bryant said Soe stuck with rallies and found the right moments to go for big shots in the third set of that win.
The coach's take: This season, Nyein has added more power to his game. He's going for more shots, more winners. Last year, he was a little more content with staying in the rally and letting things happen. Now he's creating points. He goes in with a game plan.
-- Stephen Bryant, Mount Greylock coach
Junior, Monument Mountain
Fisher went 2-2 at No. 1 singles for the Spartans, but found his comfort zone at the No. 2 spot as Monument ran to a Western Mass. Division III team championship. A repeat All-Eagle selection, Fisher was 8-1 at No. 2 singles, with his only loss coming in Monument's state semifinal loss. His final victory of the season may have been the most crucial -- a two-set win over fellow All-Eagle selection Will Nolan in the sectional championship match.
The coach's take: He grew a lot, and he has a nice serve. I knew as soon as he got tall enough, it was going to be a weapon. I think he, maybe, has the best serve in the county. That's the key to his game right now, his serve and his forehand. Also, getting to net. He also loves coming to the net, which is a little unusual these days.
-- Marshall Fisher
Junior, Mount Greylock
Perhaps some of the best singles matches involving Mount Greylock players happened in practices. Nolan and fellow All-Eagle selection Nyein Soe traded Nos. 1 and 2 spots a couple of times in challenge matches in 2014. Nolan went 10-6 this season, with all losses to fellow All-Eagle players. Nolan is a repeat All-Eagle selection in two ways: He made the 2013 team in a doubles pairing with Jake Foehl, and he was the All-Eagle Nordic MVP for Greylock in the winter before starting tennis season.
The coach's take: He knew he had the ability to challenge Nyein for [the top singles spot], and he knew how [good] Nyein was. It just pushed him to work harder on his groundstrokes, and adding power to his game. They pushed each other, and they both got better in their games. He attacked more this season. He went for shots more, and he definitely started creating a power game.
Jake Foehl/Gray Kaegi
As the Mounties' top doubles team, Foehl and Kaegi lost just once all season, in the Western Mass. individual tournament. Overall, the pairing was 14-1, helping Greylock reach the Western Mass. Division III championship match. They led Greylock's doubles sweep in that match, though Monument Mountain took all singles matches to win the title. Both Foehl and Kaegi also earned singles wins during the regular season.
The coach's take: I was a little unsure how they would be as a team. I know Jake is a great player. He has a monster serve. I'm confident in his groundstrokes. Gray, this is his first year playing in quite a few matches. He has a nice tennis game. It hasn't fully developed yet, but he's still practicing hard. After we played Amherst, that's when I really saw them come together. ... They had to work together to build points and move their opponents around.
Matty Kelley and
Kelley and Eckert went 8-2 at No. 1 doubles for the Wildcats, with both losses coming in three sets to fellow All-Eagle team Jake Foehl and Gray Kaegi of Mount Greylock. The duo earned doubles victories in both matches against Lenox and eventual Western Mass. Division III team champion Monument Mountain.
The coach's take: They had the experience of having played four years of high school tennis. They were a good blend. Matty ... is very competitive. He loved to go to the net. He was a very aggressive net player. Mike served well and played well on the backcourt. They really matured and jelled as a team this year.
-- John Perry, Lee coach
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