Division 3 boys tennis: Lee eliminates top-seeded Belchertown 3-2 in semifinals
Belchertown — Tied and in a third-set tiebreaker, the Belchetown boys tennis team had every opportunity Tuesday to pull out a victory over Lee in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament.
The Orioles’ second doubles team of Jack Stinson and Michael Sugrue traded points early with Mike Echer and Matty Kelly, but the Wildcats’ pair slowly gained a lead and walked away with a 8-6 victory, punching Lee’s ticket to the championship with a 3-2 victory.
“I knew it was going to be a tough match coming into it, it was going to be a 3-2 match one way or the other, but the coin just didn’t fall where we wanted it to today,” Belchertown coach Zach Siano said.
Trailing 2-1, Belchertown’s Ethan Smith finished off Lee’s Andy Consoliati 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 at No. 2 singles to even the match 2-2. All attention then shifted to No. 2 doubles to decide the match.
Stinson and Sugrue took the first set 6-4 but fell 4-6 in the second. Lee won the third set 7-6 (6).
“I just kept telling them your a point away, and they kept fighting and fighting,” Siano said.
Lee (11-4) will play No. 3 Mount Greylock (12-0) in the finals Thursday. A time and place have yet to be determined. The top-seeded Orioles finished 19-3.
“It was still in our eyes a successful season, and we have got the bulk of our team returning, so we will come back next year hopefully just as strong,” Siano said.
Belchertown senior Robbie Lewis waisted no time against Will Carroll in No. 3 singles, finishing 6-0, 6-0 in his final high school match.
Senior Kevin Lindhult also played in his last game for the Orioles at first singles. Lindhult took a quick 4-0 lead in the first set but could not hold on as Tanner DeVarennes pushed back to win 6-4. Lindhult and DeVarennes played out long rallies in the second set with DeVarennes winning 6-1.
Lee’s Jack Harding and Joe Winston won 6-2, 7-5 against Sam Stroman and Zack Kuhn in their No. 1 doubles match.
After winning the first set 6-2, Smith struggled to keep the ball in play and dropped the second set 2-6. Perfect ball placement in the third set gave Smith a 7-5 win.