Division 1 boys tennis: Longmeadow sweeps Amherst Regional for 22nd straight title

  • Aengus Cox, who plays third singles for Amherst Regional, returns during his match against James Foster, of Longmeadow, Monday, June 10, 2019 during the Western Massachusetts Division 1 championship at Forest Park. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Austin Xiong, who plays second singles for Amherst Regional, returns during his match against Ashvin Babu, of Longmeadow, Monday, June 10, 2019 during the Western Massachusetts Division 1 championship at Forest Park. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Ethan Yu, of Amherst Regional, who plays first doubles with Andrew Ni, returns against Longmeadow, Monday, June 10, 2019 during the Western Massachusetts Division 1 championship at Forest Park. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Andrew Ni, of Amherst Regional, who plays first doubles with Ethan Yu, returns against Longmeadow, Monday, June 10, 2019 during the Western Massachusetts Division 1 championship at Forest Park. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Austin Xiong, who plays second singles for Amherst Regional, returns during his match against Ashvin Babu, of Longmeadow, Monday, June 10, 2019 during the Western Massachusetts Division 1 championship at Forest Park. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • James Serhant, who plays first singles for Amherst Regional, returns during his match against Kostas Kollias, of Longmeadow, Monday, June 10, 2019 during the Western Massachusetts Division 1 championship at Forest Park. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • James Serhant, who plays first singles for Amherst Regional, returns during his match against Kostas Kollias, of Longmeadow, Monday, June 10, 2019 during the Western Massachusetts Division 1 championship at Forest Park. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

For the Gazette
Published: 6/10/2019 10:37:42 PM

SPRINGFIELD — The Amherst Regional boys tennis team lost 5-0 to Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament final, Monday at Forest Park.

The top-seeded Lancers (17-1) clinched their 22nd consecutive sectional title after shutting out No. 3 Amherst.

With sophomore James Serhant back from injury at first singles for the Hurricanes (11-4), the lineup returned to its normal form.

Serhant dropped the first set 6-1, but battled with Longmeadow’s Kostas Kollias in the second. Serhant led 3-2 before dropping four of the last five points to lose 6-4.

Serhant missed the first two rounds of the playoffs due to an arm injury, but felt fine for the final.

“I practiced a couple times before,” Serhant said. “It bothers me on stretch continental shots, but it was fine.”

At second singles, senior Austin Xiong fell to Ashvin Babu, 6-1, 6-1.

Freshman Aengus Cox, who had been filling in at second singles during Serhant’s absence, returned to the third spot and fell 6-0, 6-1 to James Foster.

“They were way more consistent than us and I think that’s something as a team we need to work on,” Cox said. “At a certain point we need to be able to tone our power back and make shots that can compete with them.”

The first doubles team of Ethan Yu and Andy Ni lost to Ben Griffiths and Liam Knowlton, 6-2, 7-5 (4).

At second doubles, Rohan Shenoy and Siddu Sitaraman lost to Nishant D’Souza and Owen Bradshaw, 6-2, 6-1.

Despite the loss, Amherst’s younger players recognized they are in a great position going forward and have high hopes for the future of the program.

“We feel confident that we can get here for years to come,” Cox said.

Serhant went a step further asserting his confidence for the future.

“I think we can beat these guys next year,” Serhant said.

Cox and Serhant are not alone in their beliefs. Co-coach Andy Pazmany believes the sectional final is somewhere the Hurricanes should be going forward.

“I feel like we should be here every year given the quality of the players we have in town,” Pazmany said. “I think the next challenge is to try and beat these guys.”




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