Lee's DeVarennes reaches W. Mass. tennis semis
LONGMEADOW -- Tanner DeVarennes is the lone Berkshire County singles competitor still alive at the Western Massachusetts boys individuals tennis tournament.
DeVarennes will face Ross Kamin of Longmeadow in Saturday’s semifinals at Longmeadow High School.
The girls tournament is taking place at Smith College in Northampton, and all three Berkshire County singles players still in contention were eliminated Sunday. Monument Moun tain’s Shea Caligari and Sam White, along with Taconic’s Emily Rice, were all beaten.
DeVarennes beat Monument Mountain’s Kevin Li in the third round 6-0, 6-1, and then the No. 2 seed dispatched Tayyab Shiekh 6-4, 6-3 in a match that was closer than the final score indicated.
Lee coach John Perry said that DeVarennes won the first four games in the first set but then lost the next three. That forced the Wildcat standout to dig deep and win the first set.
"[DeVarennes] played very, very well today. He is on his game," Perry said. "Tanner had never played this kid before. He knew it was going to be tough.
"It’s a big confidence builder for Tanner."
Pittsfield’s Tom Cimini dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Northampton’s No. 5 seed Jonah Kuder-Flam in the third round.
In doubles, Pittsfield’s Matt Nesti and Conor Dempsey split two matches. They beat Mason Hllander and Dave Cotrone of Agawam 6-0, 6-4. The Pittsfield duo then was shut out 6-0, 6-0 by top seeds Tom Nilsson and Nicos Boborodea of Longmeadow.
The Generals’ Peter and Brian Derosiers had a first-round walkover, beat Will Bonklin and Chad Joyal of Agawam 6-1, 6-1 and then lost to Alex Reed and Chris Weyant of Minnechaug 6-0, 6-1.
Nillson and Boborodea had a tough first-round match against Monument Mountain’s Cam Powell and Oliver Holliday. The Spartan team fell 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
Caleb Breslin and Ian Akers got past Ankrish Milne and Aiden Leith of Amherst 6-3, 7-5 in the second round but were beaten in the third.
In the girls singles at Smith College, Caligari, White and Rice all fell in straight sets.
Caligari lost to fourth-seeded Yolanda Green of Longmeadow 6-0, 6-1. White, the No. 10 seed, lost to seventh-seeded Kara Peters of Agawam 6-3, 6-1.
Monument coach Jeff Caligari said that for his two underclassmen, this tournament can only help their confidence.
"It’s a great experience. It’s a level of competition they’re not used to playing against," the coach said.
Rice took on the No. 5 seed, Eve Sullivan of Minnechaug Regional and fell 6-0, 6-0.
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