BBA remains perfect, tops Bellows Falls

MANCHESTER - With the playoffs fast approaching, the BBA boys tennis team continued their dominance, defeating Bellows Falls on Tuesday to remain undefeated.

The Bulldogs (13-0) won in straight sets, taking a 7-0 victory just over a week before playoffs are set to begin.

BBA's Peter Oh got things going, winning his match 6-0, 6-0 over Jason Chartier. Teammate Noah Wetherald - playing in the No. 2 singles spot in place of Sam Cochrane who had the day off - followed suit, defeating the Terrier's Tim Guyon 6-2, 6-2 not long after.

But the match of the afternoon belonged to BBA's Coley Stillman and Bellows Falls' Simon Bupp Chickering. After Stillman took the first game 6-1, the two battled it out in the second set before Stillman was able to avoid the super tiebreaker with a 7-5 tiebreak win.

"Today he was very confident in the first set and the second set he kind of a drifted a little bit," said BBA coach Pete McNealus. "He worked hard, but then I think he eased off a little bit, but then came back again. So, It was a good win for him."

No. 5 singles player Justin Tegen also played a competitive match against the Terrier's Lucas Clark with several long points before coming away with the 6-3, 6-4 win.

"They exchanged points quite a bit. There were some mistakes that they were making back and forth, both of them," said McNealus. "[He was] a little inconsistent, but to come back from those inconsistencies and win a match [gives a lot of] confidence going into the postseason."

No. 4 singles player Christian Webb picked up a victory as well, defeating Bellows Falls' Andrew Hollar 6-0, 6-2.

After watching the matches involving Stillman and Tegen unfold, McNealus indicated he was impressed with the way Bupp Chickering and Clark played.

"It tells me that the coach is doing a really good job. Both of those players (Stillman and Tegen) told me that both those players improved a lot and they've played them before," said McNealus. "Justin played the No. 5 also and he said he improved so much. So, I like what the coach is doing and I like how we're playing against teams who are playing really well."

Bellows Falls (6-8) coach Dave Chesley was also proud of the way his No. 3 and No. 5 singles played on the day.

"He (Bupp Chickering) has a lot potential to be a good player and Lucas is a just a fighter at the five. So, I know what I'm going to get out of him before I send him out there," said Chesley. "But he's (McNealus) got a real good team. I hope they play well in the playoffs and represent the south well."

As has been the case throughout the year, both teams played exceptionally well. The No. 1 doubles team of Conor Harrington and Nick Fayette defeated Gus Slater Dixon and Cedar Williams 6-1, 6-1 and the No. 2 doubles team of Justin Walla and Cam Marcellus topped William Scarlett and Jonathan Skrocki 6-0, 6-0.

"Their chemistry's really starting to come together," said McNealus. "The kids are really kind of understanding how each and everyone plays in doubles and knows what to expect so there's no surprises."

Playoffs will start on either June 3 or 4 and McNealus said BBA will be either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed depending on how the northern point index plays out.


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