Boys tennis ends postseason run in the semi finals
It all came down to the last match again for the Dartmouth High boys tennis team as the team took on Scituate High in the semi finals of the Div. 2 South tournament, but this time the Indians couldn’t hold off its opponent.
The June 12 match saw Trevor Schwarzmann get the Indians off to a good start after he swept his opponent 6-0 and 6-0 in the first singles match. However, Scituate would answer right back by defeating Dartmouth in the first doubles and third singles matches. To tie it back up 2-2, the Indians won the second doubles match. A singles faceoff between Indians player Connor Alves and Scituate player Matt DiPesa ultimately pushed Scituate to victory.
The frustration was high for both the team Alves, who both hit his racquet over disappointment in judgment decisions and questioned a call at one point.
“There was a lot of pressure on my shoulders,” Alves said. “I couldn’t really think things through, but once I ended up sitting down and thinking for a moment I ended up giving myself a slap on the face and I recuperated myself, but I guess I just ended up breaking down a little bit toward the end of the second set.”
Head Coach Donald York said it was a tough loss after the great season the team had.
“We were gritty and we just really wanted it,” York said. “We come off a really great year and a lot of really close wins and we just felt good going in. We felt good right up to the end. I felt Connor [Alves] at any point in that match could’ve turned it around.
The loss comes after a close 3-2 win against Hopkinton on June 8, which also saw Alves battling for a singles win. He competed in the final singles match, finishing his sets with a 7-4 tiebreaker. During the game, he relied on his improvements since joining the team in his freshman year to carry him to victory.
Schwarzmann also enjoyed a strong performance, defeating the Hillers’ Nalin Storm 6-1 and 6-1 in singles.
However, it was the final doubles match which had everyone on edge. With the game tied at 2-2, it came down to juniors Ryan Simas and Sean Sebastiao. The two, who have shared a love for tennis since childhood, used their chemistry to push through for the win.
Scituate will move on to play Duxbury High on June 15 at 3 p.m. at Wareham High School.
The tennis team finished the regular season with a 16-2 record and 18-3 overall. The team were also the Old Colony League champions for the first time after defeating Old Rochester.