Typically a trip on the ferry over to Nantucket is followed by good times. That was not the case for the Bourne boys’ tennis team, as its day-trip to the small summertime island ended with a 4-1 loss to the Whalers in the preliminary round of the Division 3 South Sectional tennis tournament.
Bourne, the 19th seed in the tournament, took the boat ride to meet 14th-seeded Nantucket on Monday, June 3, but could only muster one match win against a sound Whalers team.
Senior Armand Eldredge, playing out the No. 3 singles spot, had the lone win for the Canalmen, defeating the Whalers’ Roy Ryder in straight sets, 6-2 and 7-5.
The second doubles tandem of Jared Baptist and David Nitschke played well in the losing effort against Nantucket’s Will Harris and Evan Belanger, winning seven games in a two-set loss, 6-4 and 6-3. The visitors’ top doubles pairing of Dan Strode and Alex Lane also played, despite losing in straight sets, taking five games in a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Torin Boukus and Marsh Hickman.
Nantucket’s Luke MacKay breezed by Bourne’s Andrew Ariagno in No. 1 singles play, scoring a 6-0, 6-2 straight-set victory. John Vento, the Whalers’ No. 2 singles player, also won in consecutive sets, 6-2 and 6-1, against Bourne’s Wyatt Ream.
For the hosts, it was their first playoff win in program history. Nantucket went on to travel to third-seeded Old Rochester for a first-round meeting on Wednesday, June 5, losing 5-0 to the Bulldogs.
Bourne completed its 2019 campaign sporting a record of 9-10 and coming on hot down the stretch of the regular season to qualify for the postseason.