Congratulations Weston High School
Boys Tennis Team and Coach George Conlin
Division 3 State Champions!
Congratulations Wayland High School
Boys and Girls Tennis Teams
Division 2 State Champions!
By Brian Mozey GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JUNE 15, 2017
Wayland 3, Hingham 2 — One year after losing to Foxborough in the state final, a highly-motivated Warriors squad captured its first state crown on the strength of a riveting 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 victory by senior Sydney Hsu at third singles.
Only then could Wayland (19-1), and nine-year coach Erin Reeves, take a breath and savor a hard-earned title.
“Last year was a really tough loss and the girls took it really hard,” said Reeves.
“I think that experience of getting there and losing really helped us come back.”
Hingham coach Linda Partridge, whose squad finished as the runner-up for the third time, called Thursday “the closest state match she’s ever been involved in.”
With the two teams splitting the doubles matches, the title was decided at singles. Wayland junior Audrey Camacho prevailed at No. 2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, after pushing through long rallies marked by deep and flat shots.
Hsu rallied from a 4-3 deficit to win the third set at No. 3, breaking Alli Burton’s serve for the 6-4 win.
“Honestly, I didn’t really think about the score, I just thought, all these people are here, I gotta do it for them and keep fighting for every point,” Hsu said. “Just keep grinding.”
At first singles, Hingham freshman Lexi Dewire won 7-5, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, over Izzy Essi. By then, however, the championship had already been decided.
SHREWSBURY — The Wayland boys’ tennis team did not qualify for the state tournament last spring.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Warriors captured their third Division 2 state title in four seasons with a 4-1 win over previously unbeaten South champion Sharon at St. John’s Shrewsbury.
The difference? Charlie Sharton, the team’s ace at first singles who is headed to Georgetown in the fall, was playing a USTA schedule last year. At No. 2, Jaylen Wang was sidelined with a back injury.
With the return of his co-captains, coach Shawn Powers knew his Wayland squad could contend for a state title.
“When you return your No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, it’s always a benefit,” said Powers. “This team worked hard to get to this point and it was truly an honor to watch them win this title.”
Sharton rolled over Griffin Fein at first singles, 6-0, 6-1. Minutes later, Wayland sophomore Will Barton beat junior Andre Olivei, 6-2, 6-1.
The clinching point took a bit more time. Wayland (17-2) won two tiebreakers in the first set for second singles and first doubles, with Wang securing the third point at No. 2 with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory over fellow junior Fred Bodnar.
“Winning that tiebreaker was huge for my confidence and my play going into the second set,” Wang said. “I noticed both of us were having cramps and having to battle in the second set. I just wanted to push and finish this match on top.”
At first doubles, Sharon’s Gage Fuller and Will Gardner survived, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1, while Evan Curtin and Zhenyang Luo prevailed for Wayland, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, at No. 2.
Sharon finished 23-1.
Congratulations ALEX COLEMAN
Athlete of the Week!
To start the new year our Player Spotlight features Camille Eckert! Camille started out playing at our Natick campus in some clinics and started doing some group lessons. She soon realized how much she loved the game and started to play more often. She attends match play every Friday night and a couple months ago made the leap and tried some USTA Youth Progression tournaments and Is now progressing through the levels. Now we can't keep her off the court!
Here's some more information about Camille:
Birthplace: Austin, TX
Years playing tennis: 4
Favorite Player: Serena Williams
Racquet: Head Speed 25"
Favorite Class: Language Arts
Favorite Food: Sushi
Other Sports Played: Horseback Riding
Favorite Shot: Forehand groundstroke
Tennis Dream: "To beat my coaches and dad!"
Each month we're going to do player spotlight where we highlight some of our players and their accomplishments, on and off the court. Our first "Player Spotlight" is Karina Artemiev. Karina was recently ranked number 1 in New England in the 10 & Under division. She now has her sights set on the 12 & Under division!
Here's some more information about Karina:
Age: 9 years old. Just turned 9 this month!
Birthplace: Manchester, NH
Years playing tennis: Since 5 years old
Favorite Player: Roger Federer
Racquet: Babolat Pure Drive 25"
Favorite Class: Writing
Favorite Food: Tacos
Other Sports Played: Soccer and wants to play basketball
Clinic: Green Ball Academy
Tennis Dream: Winning the US Open
Favorite Shot: Volley