MANCHESTER - In a stunning upset, No. 16 seed Mount Mansfield defeated the No. 1 seeded Burr and Burton Academy boys tennis team 5-2 in the opening round of the playoffs on Wednesday. It was the first time a No. 16 team won a playoff match.

While Peter Oh defeated Dave Brown 6-2, 6-0 and Sam Cochrane defeated Matt Ellison 6-2, 6-2, BBA couldn't pull out two more wins in game that saw two matches go to super tiebreakers.

No. 5 singles player Christian Webb's match was one of those. After Webb won the first match 6-4, Mt. Mansfield's Erik Antonassi defeated Webb in the next set 7-6 before going on to take the super tiebreaker 8-6.

The No. 2 doubles team of Justin Walla and Justin Tegen also lost in a super tiebreaker. After losing the first set 4-6, Walla and Tegen took the second set handily (6-1) before falling in the super tiebreaker 10-7 to Mt. Mansfield's Colby Antonacci and Tom Junge.

BBA's No. 3 singles player Noah Wetherald and No. 4 singles Coley Stillman both lost in straight sets. Wetherald lost 6-2, 6-1 to Brad Adair and Stillman lost by the same margin to Matt Blow.

BBA's No. 1 doubles team of Conor Harrington and Nick Fayette also lost in straight sets (6-4, 6-1) to Liam Jennings and Ben Hallman.

BBA finishes the year at 13-1 with the loss. MMU advances to play Stowe in the next round.

The Bennington Banner contributed to this report


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