Monument’s White, Freadman get off to a good start at Western Mass. tennis
NORTHHAMPTON -- Monument Mountain’s Sam White and Cara Freadman continued their undefeated streaks during the rain-delayed opening round of the Western Massachusetts girls individual tournament Sunday at Smith College.
After a first-round bye, No. 4 seedWhite defeated unseeded Adele Fantasia of Northhampton 6-1, 6-1.
Unseeded Freadman earned two wins to advance to the next round, as she defeated Rosie Robidoux of Agawam 6-0, 6-0. Freadman’s second match of the day offered more of a challenge, but the Spartan defeated Lenox’s Liz Jarck in straight sets 6-3, 6-1, advancing to the second round this coming Saturday.
"They’ve been playing extremely well," Mounment coach Jeff Caligari said. "They’re both undefeated and I knew they’d do well in the early rounds."
LONGMEADOW -- Pittsfield’s Tom Cimini continued his hot play, picking up two wins and advancing to the second round of the boys individual tournament at the Longmeadow Tennis Courts.
Cimini did not drop a set during his matches, starting with an opening round win against Central’s Ian Patriaca, 6-3, 7-5.
Cimini’s opening match proved to be the tougher of the two, as Cimini beat Ludlow’s Zach Hall 6-3, 6-4, advancing to the second round of play Saturday.
Pittsfield coach John Clarno said Cimini is getting better and better.
"Tom has become a very good player at handling power from other players and has been able to stand up to their strong games," he said. "His serve has been improving as well."
Pittsfield’s Evan Dempsey lost to Belchetown’s Sam Stromen 5-7, 1-6. Austin Pedercini lost to East Longmeadow’s 3-6, 2-6.
Monument coach Marshall Fisher said he expected deep runs from his top players, but a tough field eliminated his top singles players from contention.
No. 6 seeded Satchel Fisher received an opening-round bye, before facing Bo Sjoberg of Longmeadow.
Although Sjoberg was unseeded, coming from the powerhouse Longmeadow program, Sjoberg was tougher than his ranking would suggest, the Spartan head coach said.
Fisher battled to force a third set, but did not have enough energy to complete the comeback, losing 4-6, 6-4, 0-6
Kevin Li cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Tom Giang of West Springfield, but he could not finish off his next opponent, No. 7 seeded Michael Miele of South Hadley. Li jumped out to a 5-1 lead on Miele, but Miele came back and won the set 7-5, en route to a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win.
Cam Powell also cruised through an easy opening match, winning 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 over Sabis’ Taariq Woods. But Greylock’s Nyein Soe was too much for Powell winning 6-1, 6-2.
"It was a little bit of disappointment for us," Fischer said. "They could have went made deep runs, but it just didn’t happen for us today."
Further results from the boys and girls tournaments were not available at press time.
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