MONTPELIER — Greg Golonka’s persistence paid off Monday, giving the Montpelier boys tennis team a 4-3 victory over North Country.
The Solons trailed at several times but summoned their fighting spirit in singles action to rally past the Falcons. Ben Hancock-Song provided MHS with its first point, coasting to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Nick Bliss at the No. 1 spot. Teammate Emmett Kolber knotted the team score at 2, earning a 6-4, 6-3 win over Colin Archer at No. 3 singles. Despite losing both doubles matches, the Solons tied the score at 3 when No. 5 singles player Willem Slade rolled past Chris Johnson 6-4, 6-1.
Golonka was thrust into the spotlight at No. 4 singles, with the final team result hinging on his performance. He suffered a disappointing loss in the first set before grinding out a 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 victory over Derek Medley.
“Greg and Derek were both taking turns with the lead and it was back and forth all match,” MHS coach Lilli Cain said. “Greg found himself down 5-1 in the tiebreaker, but he tied it at 5 and from there he pulled away. Even after losing a very close first set, he kept his poise out there. And I think he had a sense it would come down to his match. He kept the points going, and if he missed a shot at net he would come to net again. He was able to start hitting behind his opponent, and he hit drop shots that Derek couldn’t reach. So in the end it was Greg’s volleying that allowed us to win the match.”
Montpelier (3-2) will travel to play U-32 at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Ben Hancock-Song (M) def. Nick Bliss 6-0, 6-1 Connor Davis (NC) def. Josh Golonka 6-4, 7-5 Emmett Kolber (M) def. Colin Archer 6-4, 6-3 Greg Golonka (M) def. Derek Medley 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 Willem Slade (M) def. Chris Johnson 6-4, 6-1
Even Trembley and Andrew Carbanneau (NC) def. Joseph Mensah and Ryan McSweeney 6-1, 4-6, 13-11 John Warner and Max Roberts (NC) def. Sam Watson and Ben Gambill 6-2, 6-0
U-32 7, Mt. Mansfield 0
JERICHO – Straight-set victories in every match gave the Raiders lots of confidence Monday as they prepare for Wednesday’s home showdown against Montpelier.
Joe Franco, Basil Humke, Owen Myka-Smith, Jacob Bradley and Jack Morris swept the singles action. Finn Olsen and Kayl Humke held on to prevail at No. 1 doubles, while Calen Kirkpatrick and Malone Bruce won at the No. 2 position.
Joe Franco def. Eric Bhave 6-4, 6-2 Basil Humke def. Noah Gagliardi 6-2, 6-4 Owen Myka-Smith def. Shane Riddell 6-2, 6-4 Jacob Bradley def. Rory Ulmer 6-0, 6-0 Jack Morris def. Aidan Costello 6-4, 6-0
Finn Olsen and Kayl Humke def. Noah Chabot and Ethan Howard 6-0, 7-6 Calen Kirkpatrick and Malone Bruce def. Nick Vinson and Troy Riddell 6-2, 6-3
BARRE – The Crimson Tide unveiled an up-and-coming lineup to snag their first victory of the season Monday.
“We were coming off losses to BFA and Montpelier, so it was a great morale-booster today,” MHS coach Kelly Cleveland said. “Losing those seniors last year, it’s given these girls a chance to move up several spots in singles. Today we hit some great shots and it’s nice to see that the practices are helping. We have some girls who are on the way up — it’s just going to be about maturing as we go.”
Spaulding’s Faith Redmond, Makayla Boisvert, Camryn Fewer and Halle Pletzer secured straight-set singles victories. Aliza Lindley and Grace Paterson cruised at No. 1 doubles, while Julia Fewer and Camden Kelly won the match of the day at No. 2 doubles. The Tide duo outlasted Anna Scharsteir and Gwen Trombley, 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.
“It was evenly matched but I thought our girls were better at net and better servers,” Cleveland said of the No. 2 doubles clash. “The first set was just getting the butterflies out. They turned it around and the tie-breakers kept going back and forth. And they ended the match by hitting two nice shots down the alley.”
Spaulding (1-2) will travel to play Harwood at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Faith Redmond (S) def. Elizabeth Bright 6-2, 6-1 Julia Barhett (M) def. Megan Brier 6-0, 6-0 Makayla Boisvert (S) def. Abby Bailey 6-2, 6-2 Camryn Fewer (S) def. Gabby Marin 6-3, 6-0 Halle Pletzer (S) def. Bridget Ghasm 6-2, 6-1
Aliza Lindley and Grace Paterson (S) def. Lois Alberts and Emma Franklin 6-3, 6-2 Julia Fewer and Camden Kelly (S) def. Anna Scharsteir and Gwen Trombley 4-6, 6-3, 11-9
North Country 6, Montpelier 1
NEWPORT – Isabelle Boutin was the lone winner for the Solons on Monday as many of her teammates gained confidence during close losses.
“It was a perfect day for tennis and a lot of girls played in their first match for MHS,” Solons coach Richard Basara said. “It was a great learning experience.”
Montpelier’s Daphne Lassuer and Grace Murphy played singles for the first time at the varsity level. Phoebe Gingold, Cloe Monteith and Emily Swenson made their debut in doubles action. The Solons will host U-32 at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Brianna Ghosn (NC) def. Bella Luhr 8-6 Isabelle Boutin (M) def. Sam Goulet 8-2 Patti Pesquero (NC) def. Lily Gingold 8-2 Sophie Haugwitz (NC) def. Daphne Lassuer 8-3 Grace Giroux (NC) def. Grace Murphy 8-0