BBA boys tennis team stymied by Bratteboro

MANCHESTER - The Burr and Burton Academy boys tennis team played Brattleboro Union High School on Monday and while the match was decided early - with Brattleboro eventually winning 5-2 - it was not without some excitement as three matches went to super tie-breaks.

After BBA's top three singles players - Brennen Webb, Kevin Walla and Tim Geskas - all fell in straight sets, No. 4 singles player David Shehadi forced a super tie-breaker with Brattleboro's Tony Acevedo.

After winning his first set 6-2, Shehadi dropped the second set 4-6 before losing the super tie-break 10-8.

"Dave's a very competitive, very serious individual when it comes to tennis," said coach Pete McNealus. "When it [came] down to that super tie-breaker he just came up short this time."

Moments before Shehadi and Acevedo finished their match, the Colonels No. 1 doubles team of junior Lachlan Francis and freshman Gideon May defeated BBA's Alex Chen and Justin Tegen in a super tie-break.

Chen and Tegen won the first set 6-1 but lost the second set 1-6 to force the super tie-break. There - after some back and forth action - Francis and May won 10-7.

Though the win by Francis and May proved to be the deciding match to seal the team victory, there was some excitement at the end as BBA's Noah Wetherald and the Colonels Oliver Goodman also went to a super tie-breaker in what turned out to be an excellent match.

After Wetherald won the first set 6-4, Goodman - a freshman - came right back, taking the next set 6-3.

After Wetherald took a 3-0 lead in the super tie-breaker, Goodman battled back to take the 7-6 lead. It would be the last point that he would win in the match though as Wetherald went on to score four straight points and take the match 10-7.

"It was two very evenly matched players. Noah came out strong in the first set. Oliver came out strong in the second set and Noah won the tie-breaker," said McNealus. "It was a tight match right to the end. It could have gone either way."

In the early matches of the afternoon, Webb was defeated by Isaiah Ungerleider 6-1, 7-5. Walla lost to Asa Lane 6-0, 6-0 and Geskas lost to Benson May 6-2, 6-3. After the match Brattleboro coach Justin Duncan said a lot of the team's success this year will ride on Ungerleider, Lane and Benson May as well as some of his more experienced players.

"My top three guys are vets," said Duncan. "They're going to play well. After that we have a lot of experienced players and they're going to play well. We have six freshman. As they improve we'll improve."

The two schools will square off again next Monday at Brattleboro.

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