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Division 1 girls tennis: Longmeadow defeats Amherst 3-2 in championship match

  • Nicole McCann of Amherst Regional returns during her first singles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Nicole McCann of Amherst Regional returns during her first singles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.
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  • Nicole McCann of Amherst Regional returns during her first singles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Nicole McCann of Amherst Regional returns during her first singles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.
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  • Allison McCann of Amherst Regional returns during her second singles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Allison McCann of Amherst Regional returns during her second singles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.
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  • Allison McCann of Amherst Regional returns during her second singles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Allison McCann of Amherst Regional returns during her second singles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.
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  • Amutha Muthukumar of Amherst Regional returns during her first doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Amutha Muthukumar of Amherst Regional returns during her first doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.
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  • Samantha Doctor of Amherst Regional returns during her first doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Samantha Doctor of Amherst Regional returns during her first doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.
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  • Sarah Knapp of Amherst Regional returns during her second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Knapp of Amherst Regional returns during her second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.
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  • Sarah Knapp of Amherst Regional returns during her second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Knapp of Amherst Regional returns during her second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.
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  • Hannah Lang of Amherst Regional returns during her second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts. Her partner, Sarah Knapp, is in the background.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Hannah Lang of Amherst Regional returns during her second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts. Her partner, Sarah Knapp, is in the background.
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  • Hannah Lang of Amherst Regional returns during her second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Hannah Lang of Amherst Regional returns during her second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.
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  • Sarah Knapp, left, and Hannah Lang of Amherst Regional, smile during their second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Knapp, left, and Hannah Lang of Amherst Regional, smile during their second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.
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  • Nicole McCann of Amherst Regional returns during her first singles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Nicole McCann of Amherst Regional returns during her first singles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Allison McCann of Amherst Regional returns during her second singles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Allison McCann of Amherst Regional returns during her second singles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Amutha Muthukumar of Amherst Regional returns during her first doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Samantha Doctor of Amherst Regional returns during her first doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Knapp of Amherst Regional returns during her second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Knapp of Amherst Regional returns during her second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Hannah Lang of Amherst Regional returns during her second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts. Her partner, Sarah Knapp, is in the background.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Hannah Lang of Amherst Regional returns during her second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Knapp, left, and Hannah Lang of Amherst Regional, smile during their second doubles match against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 final Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional girls tennis second doubles team held off three championship points, but eventually Longmeadow’s experience proved too much as the Lancers edged the Hurricanes 3-2 Wednesday in the finals of the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament at the University of Massachusetts.

With each team holding two points, Amherst’s No. 2 doubles team of juniors Hannah Lang and Sarah Knapp took an early 3-1 lead in the first set, but Rachel Moore and Camille Berger won the next three games to grab momentum en route to a 6-4 first set win.

Longmeadow moved to the brink of the title quickly in the second set with a 5-1 lead and a 40-15 advantage. But with Lang serving, Amherst fought off two match points to win the game and improve to 5-2 in the set.

The Hurricane duo escaped one championship point in the next game, before the Lancers finally finished them off. It was the fifth straight final for both teams. Longmeadow has won three titles.

“They outplayed us today,” Amherst coach C.J. Holt said. “They grabbed the momentum in that second doubles match and ran off a bunch of games and they were really good front-runners.”

Holt thought the match would be valuable for his second doubles team as they ascend to No. 1 next year.

Lang and Knapp “didn’t play together as much as they would have liked,” he said. “I think more experience would have helped them. I think this experience will be great for them going forward. Going into next year, they’ll be seniors and most likely captains. I expect big things from them next year. I would not be happy with anything less than them winning western Mass. (individuals) next year as a doubles team.”

The Lancers took the first point when Rachel Korn defeated Shelby Scarfo 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Allison McCann evened things for Amherst, winning her No. 2 singles match against Lisa Calcasola without dropping a game.

First singles and first doubles finished shortly after. Nicole McCann swept Longmeadow’s Suzanne Elfman 6-2, 6-2, while Amherst seniors Amutha Muthukumar and Samantha Doctor fell 6-1, 6-2 to Hannah Epstein and Ashley Toebes.

When that match ended, Muthukumar and Doctor shared a long hug after they walked off the court. The duo had been doubles partners for four seasons and friends for longer.

“We were thinking at that point that it could be our last match together. It hasn’t really hit us yet,” Doctor said. “We loved playing tennis these past four years. We’re going to miss each other and the team so much. She’s a great friend in tennis and outside of tennis. I couldn’t have asked for a better tennis partner.”

Muthukumar, Doctor, Scarfo, Maddie Auerbach and Cora Torton finished their high school careers Wednesday.

“It was a great season. Especially being a senior, this season was very special to me and the whole team,” Doctor said. “Longmeadow is a great team. We knew it would be really hard to play them. We all played our hardest. No regrets at all.”

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com.

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