It was a clean sweep victory for the Sandwich girls’ tennis team in their Division 3 South Sectional first round meeting on Wednesday, June 5.
Traveling out to Westport to face the seventh-seeded Wildcats, the 10th-seeded Knights scored the upset in convincing fashion, routing the hosts, 5-0, to advance to the Division 3 South Sectional quarter finals.
Sandwich’s success started from the top, as top singles player Sarah Etre dropped just two games en route to a 6-0, 6-2 win against Annie MacMaster. The dominance continued in the second singles play, as Jade Ferguson won a one-off, first to eight-point match against Amber Valcourt, 8-6.
Senior co-captain Sophie Esdale followed suit in no. 3 singles play, defeating Westport’s Gabby Machairas in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-4.
When it came to doubles action, Sandwich was equally as good. The top Blue Knights pairing of Evelyn Orman and senior co-captain Carol Lewis turned aside Kaelyn Jones and Emily McMahon in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-2. Emily Lopes and Marie McManamin, playing out of the no. 2 doubles spot, rounded out the sweep by handing Brianna Quinlan and Sam Parker a 6-3, 6-3 loss.
Westport entered the tournament with a record of 12-4 in the regular season.
Now Sandwich (10-7) turns its attention to second-seeded Sacred Heart (13-1). The Knights will travel to Kingston to meet the Saints on Friday, June 7, at 4 PM. The winner of that match faces sixth-seeded Cohasset, which upset third-seeded Wareham (17-2) in its quarter-finals match, in the Division 3 South Sectional semifinal. That game will take place on Monday, June 10, at 4 PM, with the location yet to be determined.
Blue Knight Boys Ousted By Walpole
The second doubles tandem of Alec Abramson and Jack Greenhalgh, both seniors, won the only match for Sandwich, as the Blue Knights were ousted in the first round of the Division 2 South Sectional tournament.
Traveling to Walpole on Tuesday, June 4, to face the sixth-seeded Rebels, Sandwich, the 11th seed, fell 4-1, ending its season in the process.
Abramson and Greenhalgh won in straight sets against Nathan Schneider and Dan Colbert, 6-3 and 6-1, for the Knights’ only match point on the afternoon.
“[Those two] never struggled, going up 3-0 in each set,” Sandwich head coach Liam Kelly wrote in an email. “They played their best strategic tennis of the year.”
Senior Andrew Miele pushed Walpole’s no. 3 singles player Jake Lowenstein, although losing straight sets, 6-3 and 6-4. Playing in the longest match of the afternoon, Miele was the last to finish.
“He just couldn’t quite solve Lowenstein, who was pouncing on his second serve,” Kelly wrote.
The first doubles pairing of Steve Tanguilig and Maxcy Denmark, also seniors, played admirably in the losing effort against Walpole’s Jack Moses and Dan Colbert, losing 6-3 and 6-3.
“They were frustrating the Walpole doubles team at times, but Colbert’s powerful serve closed out both sets,” Kelly wrote.
Evan Abramson, Sandwich’s top singles player, lost in straight sets by a score of 6-1 each time. Eighth grader Johnny Donnelly also lost in straight sets to Varun Madulapali, 6-0 and 6-2.
Sporting a record of 8-5 on the year and a 6-2 record in the Atlantic Coast League, Sandwich’s season comes to an end.
“It was a good run for the team and all six starting seniors,” Kelly wrote.