Monument girls tennis wins county
GREAT BARRINGTON -- For the first time in three seasons, Berkshire County has a new queen of tennis.
Monument Mountain beat Lenox 4-1 on Friday afternoon to break the Millionaires’ hold on the county title.
"It’s huge for us," Monument coach Jeff Caligari said. "We have all sophomores and juniors. This team has really come together. They’ve exceeded all expectations."
Sam White set the tone for the Spartans at No. 1 singles. She needed to win a second-set tiebreaker but did in a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over Emily Ellis.
Singles -- 1. Sam White (MM) def. Emily Ellis 6-2, 7-6 (4). 2. Courtney Freadman (MM) def. Kelly Babich 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. 3. Shea Caligari (MM) def. Alex Adams 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles -- 1. Rachel Cogswell/Nicole Babich (L) def. Jen Evans/Paula Krenicki 6-3, 6-4. 2. Emily Martin/Aidan Holliday (MM) def. Cami Smachetti/Rachana Lingutla 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Lenox boys 3, Monument 2
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Two years ago, the Lenox boys won the Berkshire County title en route to winning a Western Massachusetts title.
The Millionaires took the first step in repeating that success with a narrow win over Monument. That win came 24 hours after the Millionaires knocked off Mount Greylock, also by a 3-2 score.
"Going into Thursday and Friday, we knew that this was like Murderer’s Row," Lenox coach Phil Cohen said. "We were going to be tested and we came through."
The match was decided at No. 3 singles. Lenox’s Dan Palmer and Monument’s Graham Hagenah took the court after the No. 2 singles match started between Monument’s Kevin Li and Andrew Vickery. Palmer needed three sets to beat Hagenah for a 3-1 lead. Li needed three hours to finish off Vickery in three sets.
"[Palmer] played amazing," said Cohen. "He dropped the first set and he was tired. He just flipped the switch."
Lenox 3, Monument 2
Singles -- 1. Avi Sternberg (L) def. Satchel Fisher 5-7, 6-0, 6-0. 2. Kevin Li (MM) def. Andrew Vickery 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. 3. Dan Palmer (L) def. Graham Hagenah 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles -- 1. Connor O’Brien/Isaac Gotterer (L) def. Caleb Breslin/Cam Powell 6-4, 7-6. 2. Ian Akers/Curt Ruthbern (MM) def. Jasper Nash/Liam Genneri 6-3, 6-3.
Lenox 3, Greylock 2 (Thursday’s match)
Singles -- 1. Sternberg (L) def. Jonah Majumder 6-2, 6-2. 2. Vickery (L) def. Jake Foehl 6-4, 7-6. 3. Nyein Soe (MG) def. Palmer 6-4, 6-0.
Doubles -- 1. O’Brien/Gotterer (L) def. Jesse Foehl/Will Nolan 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. 2. Alex White/Nate Majumder (MG) def. Nash/Gennari 6-3, 6-1.
Taconic girls 4, PHS 1
PITTSFIELD -- The win by Taconic put the Braves into the Western Mass. Division I tournament.
The Braves swept all singles matches. Isabelle George got Taconic rolling at No. 1 singles with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sayaka Okamoto.
Singles -- 1. Isabelle George (T) def. Sayaka Okamoto 6-2, 6-1. 2. Emily Rice (T) def. Micaela Goodrich 6-3, 6-4. 3. Angela O’Neil (T) def. Anna Black 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles -- 1. Alexis Savery/Min He (T) def. Emily Deaso/Anna Worley 6-2, 6-3. 2. Taylor Turner/ Amanda Canale (P) def. Lauren Russo/Kelsey Fitzgerald 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Wahconah girls 16
DALTON -- The Warriors held a 9-8 lead at halftime thanks in large part to four goals from Jamie Budaj.
Wahconah coach Kathy Budaj told her troops at halftime that the opening of the second half was going to be crucial.
"You have to go out and play hard," the coach said. "We had a letdown and that’s where we gave them the game."
The Bombers scored four goals in the first two-plus minutes of the second half. Roni Orcutt scored two of the four goals in that time span, turning a one-goal Wahconah lead into a three-goal cushion that the Warriors could not come back from.
Ashley Owen scored all five of her goals in the second half for Westfield.
Budaj had a game-high nine goals and Sam Kasala chipped in with five for Wahconah.
"They’re at the top of their division," Budaj said of Westfield. "The way we competed against them, I was proud of the girls."