Lee girls, Monument boys tennis win Western Mass. D-III first-round matches


LEE -- Lee girls tennis coach Jeff Forget has faith in his Wildcats, even if they are going up against Western Massachusetts' top seed in Division III today.

"I trust our girls; they'll certainly give their best match out there," Forget said after Thursday's 4-1 first-round win over Frontier. "I know South Hadley has had a strong program ever since I've been coaching.

"Having said that, no one is unbeatable."

Lee earned all four of its victories in straight sets, with Caitlyn Briggs' 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Celia Speth at first singles setting the tone.

Forget said Frontier's team, which earned a win at first doubles, was a "very young" squad.

"We were clearly the more experienced team," he said. "I think the result speaks for itself relative to that."

Boys tennis: Monument 4, Turners Falls 1

GREAT BARRINGTON -- Monument Mountain's boys tennis team reached the Western Mass. Division III semifinal round Thursday, defeating a shorthanded Turners Falls team.

The Spartans (11-2) swept the singles matches, taking third singles by forfeit. Satchel Fisher didn't drop a set in his No. 2 singles win over Sam Danford.

Monument's lone loss came at No. 1 doubles, in which a 10-point tiebreaker was played rather than a third set, due to the match already being determined in the Spartans' favor.

Monument will play Monday at No. 2 seed Greenfield, which had a quarterfinal bye.

Singles: 1 -- Kevin Li (MM) def. Dennis Gheorgita 6-0, 6-3; 2 -- Satchel Fisher (MM) def. Sam Danford 6-0, 6-0; 3 -- Cam Powell (MM) wins by forfeit. Doubles: 1 -- Alex Gheorgita/Spencer Hubert (TF) def. Isaac Graves/Sam Plishtin 2-6, 7-5 (10-7); 2 -- Kevin Costello/Alec Goffin (MM) def. Avery Palmer/Jonathan Cagle 6-1, 6-0.

Girls lacrosse: Littleton 12, Mount Greylock 3

LITTLETON -- Two days after Mount Greylock made some girls lacrosse history of its own, the Mounties saw their run in the Central/Western Mass. Division II tournament come to an end.

The Mounties won their first-ever tournament game on Tuesday, and got to play No. 3 seed Littleton as a result. Littleton's Alana Maher and Bridget Schofield each scored three goals as Littleton handed sixth-seeded Greylock (17-2-1) its second loss of the year.

"They were a very strong team," Greylock coach Lindsey von Holtz said. "A lot of the difference was they had more energy and depth. They were able to triple team us every time we had the ball."

The Tigers held Greylock's Sarah Stripp without a point. Chelsea Orpin led the Mounties with a goal and an assist, while Maggie Rorke and Caroline Flynn each added a goal.

The game was tied 3-3 when the Tigers rattled off three unanswered goals to take a 6-3 lead at halftime.

"In the second half, we didn't get down to the offensive end very often," said von Holtz.

Regular season tennis: Lee, Lenox split

LENOX -- With their boys teams out of the tournament, Lee and Lenox finished up some rain-delayed matches. The teams split identical 3-2 matches.

The first of the two matches, won by Lenox, had been started two weeks ago.


Lenox 3, Lee 2

Singles -- 1. Andy Consolati (Lee) def. Will Palmer 6-3, 6-2; 2. Rishi Kedia (Len) def. Jack Harding 1-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4; 3. Harry Hale (Len) def. Nick Cardillo 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles -- 1. Matty Kelley/Mike Eckert (Lee) def. Hugo Hale/Isaac Gotterer 6-1, 6-0; 2. Joe Moak/Matt Heim (Len) def. Hunter Wilcox/Ibrahim Zia 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

Lee 3, Lenox 2

Singles -- 1. Rishi Kedia (Len) def. Andy Consolati 6-2, 6-3; 2. Jack Harding (Lee) def. Will Palmer 6-4, 6-4; 3. Ibrahim Zia (Lee) def. Harry Hale 2-6, 6-3, 7-5; 4. (no second doubles) Joe Moak (Len) def. Jed DeVarennes 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles -- 1. Matty Kelley/Mike Eckert (Lee) def. Isaac Gotterer/Kris Vahle 6-1, 6-4.


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