Boys Tennis Does Damage
by The Milton Measure on Friday, June 8th, 2012
The Boys Varsity tennis team entered the 2012 season hoping to at least match the 14-1 seasons of the previous two years. Unfortunately, the loss of several key players left the boys a little short of expectations after losing some extremely close matches. Nevertheless, the team ended the season with a respectable 9-6 record in the I.S.L., and completed another quality year for Milton tennis.
The four returners to the team, Captain Matthew Lebovitz (I), Henry Arndt (I), Alex Lauretti (II), and Chris “Blade” McDonough (III) were joined by newcomers Teo Camadella (I), Ben Scharfstein (I), Chris Kim (II), and Alex Leighton (IV) to comprise this years eight man team. Alex Lee (II), Terry Lee (II) and Andy Hahm (IV) also made contributions to the team throughout the season.
The team’s first opponent was an experienced Dexter team that was already in mid-season form. The Mustangs lost 3-4 in a match that was decided by a close tiebreaker that finished after sundown. The team bounced back strong and won 41 of their next 45 sets in wins over Rivers, St. George’s and Brooks.
After a loss to a strong Belmont Hill team on their super fast indoor courts, the boys bounced back and defeated both Thayer and Lawrence 15-0, only losing two games against the former. The next week proved more challenging, facing two strong opponents in Roxbury Latin and Exeter. Against Exeter, the team fell just short after Alex Leighton and Teo won at third doubles by a score of 8 – 4, and the doubles point came down to second where Henry and Chris M. battled all the way to a tiebreaker but were unable to prevail.
In singles, Henry and Alex Leighton were able to win their matches and Alex Lauretti was up a break in his when the match was clinched 4-2.
Against Groton, all eight members of the team contributed by winning at least one set in their second consecutive quality win. Despite the momentum, the team fell to Nobles in their last match. Teo and Alex Leighton did, however, win at third doubles, solidifying their undefeated season together.
Next year, the team has a lot to look forward to, and will hopefully build on this year’s strong results with four returning players and several more promising players in the program. The team will miss the seniors, and would like to wish them the best of luck next year.
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