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Harwood’s Peter Laino prepares to serve during his tennis match against U-32’s Basil Humke on Wednesday.

DUXBURY — The Harwood boys tennis team showed impressive resilience Wednesday but U-32’s depth was too much to handle during the Raiders’ doubleheader sweep.

U-32 entered the match with 10 matches under its belt, compared to five for Harwood. The experience showed at the bottom of the singles order as the Raiders closed out a pair of 5-2 team victories.

“We hadn’t seen them before, and we knew their No. 1-3 were pretty solid players,” U-32 coach Garrett Washburn said.

Jack Morris, normally a No. 5 singles player for the Raiders, secured two wins at No. 3 singles in the two longest matches of the day.

Morris is the only U-32 player with a perfect record this season, and he was pushed to the brink both matches. During the first match, he outlasted Alex Miquel 8-7, prevailing 11-9 in the final tiebreaker. He followed with an 8-6 victory over Miquel.

“I was missing my No. 1, my No. 3 and my No. 1 doubles,” Washburn said. “So everybody had to shift up, and some had to come out of doubles to play singles.”

U-32 is not sending any athletes to the individual state championships, which begin Thursday.

“They just had a lot going on school-wise and work-wise, so they are focusing on the playoffs,” Washburn said.

U-32 (9-1) will travel to play Spaulding for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

“We want to keep it at one loss for the season, and then shoot for top five in the playoffs, and hopefully have a nice game for our first matchup,” Washburn said.

Harwood (2-5) will travel to play Middlebury at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

SINGLES

Peter Laino (H) def. Basil Humke 8-7(5)
Jesse McDougall (H) def. Jacob Bradley 8-2
Jack Morris (U) def. Alex Miquel 8-7(9)
Kayl Humke (U) def. Asher Martley 8-3
Malone Bruce (U) def. Nathan Hamel 8-2

DOUBLES

Calen Kirkpatrick and Gavin Young (U) won by forfeit
Leo Foy and Tyler Maclnnes (U) won by forfeit.

SINGLES

Jesse McDougall (H) def. Basil Humke 8-1
Peter Laino (H) def Jacob Bradley 8-2
Jack Morris (U) def. Alex Miquel 8-6
Kayl Humke (U) def. Asher Martley 8-4
Malone Bruce (U) def. John Henry Bondbardes 8-3

DOUBLES

Calen Kirkpatrick and Gavin Young (U) won by forfeit
Leo Foy and Tyler Maclnnes (U) won by forfeit

Montpelier 6, Spaulding 1

Montpelier 6, Spaulding 1

MONTPELIER — The Solons had the opportunity to tinker with their lineup with little consequence Wednesday during a doubleheader sweep against the Crimson Tide.

“We honored our three seniors today: Ben Hancock-Song, Josh Golonka and Willem Slade,” MHS coach Lilli Cain said.

Spaulding had no chance to win at the outset, forfeiting four matches in each portion of the doubleheader. During the first match, Montpelier’s Ben Hancock-Song defeated Gus Hahn, 8-0, at No 1 singles. Teammate Ben Gambill followed with an 8-4 victory over Ben Isabelle. During the second match, Slade overpowered Hahn, 8-2. Fellow Solon Ryan McSweeney earned an 8-1 victory over Ben Isabelle. It was the first career singles victory for McSweeney, while Gambill earned his first victory after joining the team a few weeks ago as a late addition. Gambill used some long rallies and a few service return winners to take control, and he overwhelmed Isabelle by moving him around the court.

“(Gambill) came out ready to play,” Cain said “He had really been working on his forehand and his serve, so it was really nice to see them come together.”

Mattias Tchantouridze served up a pair of victories to provide a bright spot for the Tide. He earned an 8-4 victory over Josh Golonka before defeating Emmett Kolber, 8-2.

“Mattias had very strong ground strokes and he kept our players always on the run,” Cain said.

Hancock-Song will represent the Solons at individual state championships Thursday along with the doubles team of Kolber and Slade. Spaulding (4-7) will host U-32 on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Solons will enter playoffs with a 6-5 record, which might result in a challenging first-round opponent on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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