Mount Greylock's tennis teams earn victories at Lee
LEE -- Perhaps the only thing that didn't look good for Mount Greylock's boys tennis team on Monday was Will Nolan's bloody left ankle.
Even that, though, was no big deal.
The Mounties swept Lee 5-0, improving to 4-0. The Greylock girls followed suit with a 4-1 road win over the Wildcats, with a doubles match that didn't end until just before 8 p.m. -- prompting the first-ever use of the Lee courts' lights for a high school match.
Earlier in the day, Greylock's boys made quick work of their singles matches against the Wildcats (0-5). Nolan, at No. 2 singles, beat Jack Harding 6-3, 6-2, playing through the ankle cut he accidentally reopened in the first set.
"It looks worse than it actually is," he said. "It's a little cut that opened, which is annoying."
That was one of the few things that didn't look good about Nolan's game, as his fluid volleys and game plan worked against Harding.
"Whenever he came up to the net, he dominated the points," Nolan said. "My goal was to hit my shots as deep as possible and hope he didn't approach on them."
Alex Cheung was the first player to finish, defeating Lee's Jed DeVarennes 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Nyein Soe completed the singles sweep with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Andrew Consolati at No. 1 singles.
"[There were] pretty long rallies, and he wasn't putting much on the ball, either," Greylock coach Stephen Bryant said of Consolati's game. "Nyein likes some pace on his ball, so he had a little bit of a tough time getting that. ... Then the second set, he [Soe] brought it all together. He was getting some consistency, not going for too much too early, and it worked out pretty well."
With Lee down two starters -- both due to missing matches during the school vacation week -- Greylock's girls (4-1) took two of the three singles matches. Tara Shastri won 6-3, 6-1 over Julie LePrevost at No. 2, and Mariza Sfakianaki beat Lee's Kayla Withers 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3. Lee's Caitlyn Briggs won at No. 1 singles, holding off a late charge from Melina Sfakianaki in a 6-0, 6-4 win.
Briggs admitted things got tougher in the second set as Sfakianaki's shots found their spots.
"She had a lot more slice, I think," Briggs said. "She got a little more into it, I think."
It was Greylock's No. 2 doubles team of Katie Mick and Amy Larabee that secured the win for the Mounties, holding off Sandra Ortega and Anna Wang 6-1, 7-6 (7-2). Meanwhile, Charlotte Rand and Tyra Nurmi finally won under the lights, eschewing a tiebreaker in favor of a full third set and beating Ashley Kelly and Madison DiSantis 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
"It was a good matchup," Greylock coach John Jacobbe said. "Lee's a great team. We took advantage of them missing a couple of key players, and that's what you've got to do. ... Every win is a big win in Berkshire County. I think Monument has set the bar as the [top] team, and I think we're right in the middle with a lot of other teams."
Greylock's boys also won both doubles matches, and also had a three-set match at No. 1. Gray Kaegi and Jake Foehl beat Lee's Michael Eckert and Matty Kelley 3-6, 6-2, 6-1; at No. 2, Matthew and Aaron Kleiner quickly dispatched Hunter Wilcox and Ibrahim Zia 6-0, 6-1.
"I think we're just getting more consistent with our shots," Bryant said. "We weren't really going for too much; not too much power, just staying around the baseline."
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