Comeback efforts mean Spartans, Lenox split on the court
LENOX -- The Lenox boys tennis team learned how tough it is to close a match on Thursday, even when you're just four points from victory.
"We were sitting pretty," said Millionaires coach Phil Cohen. "From that point on it turned all Monument the rest of the day. It was tough. Frustrating day."
Satchel Fisher's rally from five games and a set down to Andrew Vickery at first singles got things started for the Spartans. Kevin Li and Cam Powell assured Monument Mountain of a singles sweep and a 3-2 victory after Lenox took both doubles points.
"It feels pretty good," Fisher said. "And you know the other guy's mad because they were up 5-0."
Fellow Spartan Courtney Freadman mounted a similarly remarkable turnaround in the girls match, rallying from 5-0 down in the second set to beat Lenox's Rachel Cogswell. The Millionaires pulled out a 3-2 victory, though, because Kelly Babich and Liz Jarck did something almost no one else could at the Lenox Community Center: finish.
Jarck held off a charge from Shea Caligari at third singles, winning 6-4 in the second set after leading 4-1. Babich recovered from a second-set hiccup against Monument's No. 1, Sam White, to clinch the final result with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win.
"There's definitely pressure, especially when you're up 4-1 or 3-1," Babich said. "It's easy for the other player to come back. I just try to play my best out there."
The assembled crowd got to see two comebacks that could be called rare if they weren't happening simultaneously. It looked like Cogswell was destined to force a third set with a 5-0 lead at second singles. Then, game-by-game, Freadman chipped away.
"There was definitely a little bit of relief," Cogswell said. "I'd lost the first set and then I got to 5-0. I was so excited. Then she started getting back and getting more momentum. And I started losing mine. She just got the best of me."
A 6-4, 7-5 win gave Monument a 2-1 lead in the match the Spartans couldn't hold onto.
Fisher and the Monument boys were in more dire straits two courts over. Lenox had captured both doubles matches and Fisher was a game away from capitulating at first singles.
Then, the match turned on its head.
Fisher won the next seven games to pull even with Vickery, eventually taking the third set as well, 6-3. Powell made it 2-2 with a more modest comeback, rallying from 4-1 in the second to dispatch Will Palmer 6-2, 6-4. Li's win over Thomas Villetto moments later sealed the victory.
Lenox boys 3, Monument 2
Singles -- 1. Kelly Babich (L) def. Sam White, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2; 2. Courtney Freadman (M) def. Rachel Cogswell, 6-4, 7-5; 3. Liz Jarck (L) def. Shea Caligari, 6-4, 6-4.
Doubles -- 1. Jen Evans/Cara Freadman (M) def. Alex Adams/Cami Smachetti, 6-3, 6-0; 2. Alex Trousilek/Kathy Prescott (L) def. Paula Krenicki/Emily Martin, 6-2, 7-5.
Monument boys 3, Lenox 2
Singles -- 1. Satchel Fisher (M) def. Andrew Vickery, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3; 2. Kevin Li (M) def. Thomas Villetto, 6-1, 6-1; 3. Cam Powell (M) def. Will Palmer, 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles -- 1. Seamus Ryan/Liam Gennari (L) def. Ian Akers/Sam Plishtin, 6-4, 6-2; 2. Henrik Palmer/Noah Tebbin (L) def. Jan Trousilek/Curt Rathbun, 6-2, 6-2.
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