BBA boys tennis opens with win over MAU

MANCHESTER - The Burr and Burton Academy boys tennis team started off on the right foot Monday, winning their first match of the season 6-1 over Mount Anthony Union High School.

Freshmen Peter Oh and Sam Cochrane and the No. 1 doubles team of Conor Harrington and Nick Fayette got things rolling for the Bulldogs early.

Oh, defeated MAU's Blake Greenawalt in straight sets (6-1, 6-0) and Cochrane - the team's No. 2 singles player - won by the same margin (6-0, 6-1) over MAU's Brian Murphy.

"They both were in control of their game to the point that they had a rhyme and a reason," said BBA coach Pete McNealus of Oh and Cochrane. "They had a good serve and they would come up and end the point or they would work an area that they could find a weakness. So they played very smart. They were in control every game they played."

Harrington and Fayette topped MAU's Austin Ulrich and Haziq Qari 6-0, 6-3 to give BBA a 3-0 team advantage.

But the match of the day belonged the to No. 3 singles Noah Wetherald and the Patriot's Hao Guo.

After being down five games to two in the first set, Guo tied it at five games apiece. In the 11th game the pair fought to duece before Guo was able to take the deciding point and take a 6-5 game advantage.

But Wetherald wasn't done. After battling to duece again the following game, Wetherald took the game when Guo's shot sailed out of bounds to set up a tiebreaker.

Wetherald jumped out to a 4-1 advantage early, but Guo had no intention of going that quietly. Six points later, Guo hit a hard shot that Wetherald could not return, drawing him to within one point at 6-5. But Wetherald finished his opponent off on the next point to take the tie breaker 7-5.

A 6-2 game win for Guo in the second set set up a super tiebreaker between the two.

In the super tiebreaker Wetherald jumped out to a commanding 6-1 lead. But just as he had done in the first set, Guo fought back pulling within one (7-6) before Wetherald began to create some separation.

Wetherald won the next two points. Then, on match point, Wetherald got Guo going to his right before hitting a short return shot near the left sideline for the win.

"He was in control in the tiebreakers," said McNealus. "I thought they both played really well. I thought it was a good match because you could see the strategy of both players playing against each other."

MAU coach Ken Turn was pleased with Guo's performance on the day.

"The number threes really was exciting," said MAU coach Ken Turn. "It went to a first set tiebreaker and that was close in itself and then my guy came back and was pretty dominant in the second. But then to finish it off you need that third tiebreaking set and he learned a lot. I think it's going to be a great match the next time they go against each other."

The Patriots' No. 4 singles player Flavio Iudica recorded the single victory for MAU on the day defeating Tegen in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) The Bulldogs No. 5 singles player Coley Stillman sealed the win for the team - their fourth match victory of the afternoon - by defeating the Patriots' Ben Michon 6-2, 6-3.

The No. 2 doubles team of BBA's Justin Walla and Cam Marcellus defeated Nick Gauthier and Dylan Boulet in straight sets (6-0, 6-0).

The Bulldogs will be on the road Wednesday to take on Rutland High School. The match begins at 4:30 p.m.


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