Guertin girls win opener; HB, Souhegan boys on top
It was a full day of high school tennis on Friday, with most of the local teams coming out on top. Here are the results:
Bishop Guertin 6,
The Cardinals took four of six singles and two of three doubles to start the season off on the right foot.
Singles winners for BG were Nos. 1 through 4: Amy Maalouf (8-0), Katelyn Nichols (8-1), Natalie Sheehy (8-2), and Hannah Gilbertson (8-4). Gilbertson had to rally to beat Blue Hawk Lilly Cochran. The 1-2 doubles teams of Maalouf/Gilbertson (8-2) and Nichols/Sheehy (8-0) provided the clinching points.
Nashua South 8,
Merrimack’s Liann Grosso topped the Panthers’ Kaitlin Fitzgibbons, 8-2 at No. 1, but South (2-0) controlled the match the rest of the way. Singles wins for South came from Meghana Avvaru, who battled to beat Abby Fay 8-4 at No. 2, and then Priva Shokeen (8-0), Shrijaa Mohan (8-0), Abby Finchm (8-0) and Katrina Taso (8-1) all cruised.
Fitzgibbons/Avvaru beat Grosso/Fay in another battle 8-4, followed by easy South wins by Shokeen/Mohan (8-1) and Finchum/Tsao (8-1).
South is at Pinkerton Monday while Merrimack (0-1) visits Exeter Tuesday.
Nashua North 1
Titans sophomore Ashley O’Young won 8-4 at No. 3 singles for the main North highlight in the season opener. Also, freshman Ashley Goh played a competitive first match at No. 4 while juniors Brooke Bakhit and Gabrielle Laferriere battled hard but lost a close 9-7 decision at No. 1 doubles. North visits Bishop Guerton on Monday.
The host Broncos cruised in their season opener with a sweep of singles and two of three doubles. Singles winners were Sarah Yi (8-2), Sara Ruigrok (8-5), Oliva Cakounes (8-3), Ellie Ochieng (8-5), Emilienne Tarrant (9-7) and Ryan Dionne (8-3). Yi/Ruigrok (8-1) and Cakounes/Ochieng (8-0) were doubles winners. Alvirne hosts Winnacunnet on Monday.
Hollis Brookline 0
It was a tough day for the host Cavs (1-1), but a bright spot was the 8-3 match played by Hannah Escadon at No. 6, her first career varsity match. The Cavs visit local rival Souhegan on Monday.
The host Sabers improved to 2-0 with a doubles sweep to break a 3-3 singles tie.
The teams of Lila Morgan/Zoe Garvey (8-2), Maddie Daniel/Anna Goyette (8-3) and Emma Maurais/Tatum Chamberlain (3-2, default) all triumphed.
The Sabers’ three singles wins were by Daniel at No. 3 (8-0), Goyette at No. 4 (8-3) and Sarah Kayser at No. 6 (8-4).
The Warriors had a tough opener on the road with three of their six singles players playing in their first career varsity matches. One of them, Lunara Inashova at No. 2, played well in an 8-3 loss. The No. 2 doubles team of Erin MacDonald and Elizabeth Jacob played hard in an 8-2 loss. The Warriors are at Conant on Monday.
Nashua South 9,
The Panthers are now 2-0 as they cruised, spoiling the Tomahawks’ season opener. Amol Khanna and Rohan Kumar won 8-0 at the top two ladder spots, followed by Matt Beaudette (8-3), Ashok Arun (8-0), George Eid (9-7) and Ben Lambright (8-3). Eid’s win over Merrimack’s over Rohan Sreenivasan was dramatic, the winning point just hitting the tape and falling into play.
Khanna/Kumar won 8-4 at No. 1 doulbes but got a fight from the Tomahawk tandem of Cam Wilson/Colby Benoit. The duos of Beaudette/Arun (8-2) and Eid/Lambright (8-0) completed the sweep. South is set to host Pinkerton on Monday while Merrimack hosts Exeter, weather permitting.
The Broncos took four of six singles to be on their way to a successful season opener, starting wins by Peyton and Ashton Meuse at the top of the ladder, 8-3 and 8-2. Also winning were Garrett Lambert at No. 4 (8-6) and Tom Bondaruk at No. 5 (8-2). The Meuses won at No. 1 doubles 8-1 as did the No. 3 team of Jake Natola and Charlie Thomas (8-4). Alvirne is slated to be at Winnacunnet on Monday.
Bishop Guertin 0
The Cardinals had a tough opener, managing to win just seven games in singles. But, the No. 2 BG doubles team of Pranav Marwaha and Constantine Liakos hung tough in an 8-6 loss. Guertin (0-1) is at North on Monday.
Hollis Brookline 5,
In a highly competitive match – three matches went to tiebreakers — the visiting Cavaliers improved to 2-0, thanks to an 8-1 match-clinching win at No. 3 doubles by the team of Max Burns and Ben Zielinski.
HB took four of six singles, which was key. Wins were by Nic Vahe at No. 1 (9-8, 8-6) over Portsmouth’s Ryan Porter; David Cherkassky at No. 3 (9-7), Burns at No. 4 (8-3) and Alex Anghel at No. 6, 9-8 (7-3).
The win sets up an early season rematch of last year’s Division II finals vs. Souhegan, also 2-0, Monday at Nashua’s Longfellow Tennis Club.
The Sabers raised their record to 2-0 in Division II, taking five of six singles to win early. Singles winners were Sam Goddard (8-0), and from Nos. 3 through 6, Michael Dodge (8-0), Joshua Lacaillade (8-0), Nickolas Marinelli (8-1) and Evan Loconto (8-0).
They swept doubles with Goddard/Josh Goddard (8-0), Dodge/James Zeolie (8-1) and Marinelli/Loconto (8-4) winning. Souhegan faces Hollis Brookline on Monday at Nashua’s Longfellow Tennis Club.
Friday’s match between Nashua North and Londondonderry was postponed in advance on Thursday and rescheduled to Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Londonderry.The Titans are slated to open their season Monday at home vs. BG.
Milford’s home girls match at Oyster River was also postponed due to a transportation issue. It will be made up Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.