MONTPELIER — The Montpelier girls tennis team leaned on the dynamic duo of Elizabeth Cossett and Evie Caserta to close out a 4-3 victory over Middlebury on Wednesday.
The team score was knotted at 3 when Cossett and Caserta secured the final point with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 1 doubles.
“Evie and Lizzie made a terrific team,” Montpelier coach Richard Bashara said. “They moved the ball to the corners today and set up the volleys with good, smart doubles play.”
The Tigers shot out to a 3-2 lead before Dominique Savard evened the match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 5 singles.
“Dominique came out firing her strong ground strokes and kept it up the whole match,” Bashara said.
Lily Gingold and Isabelle Boutin relied on strong singles play to account for the other MHS victories. Boutin coasted to a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 2 position, while Gingold earned a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the No. 4 spot. Montpelier (2-3) will host North Country at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Elizabeth Bright (MID) def. Bella Luhr 6-2, 6-4 Isabelle Boutin (MHS) def. Julia Bartlett 6-2, 6-1 Abby Bailey (MID) def. Meredith Stetter 1-6, 6-4, 10-7 Lily Gingold (MHS) def. Bridget Graham 6-2, 6-2 Dominique Savard (MHS) def. Gwen Trombley 6-1, 6-0
Elizabeth Cossett and Evie Caserta (MHS) def. Lois Alberts and Emma Franklin 6-3, 6-2 Ellie Kiel and Isadora Luksch (MID) def. Christie Cecere and Lilli Curtin 7-6(4), 6-4
Middlebury 4, Montpelier 3
MIDDLEBURY —The Solons lost by a razor-thin margin Wednesday against the Tigers (5-1).
Ben Hancock-Song proved to be the most dominant player in the back-and-forth contest, winning in straight sets at No. 1 singles. The Solons standout faced off against MHS veteran Jessie Rubin and earned a 6-4, 6-2 victory.
“Ben was very dominant right from the beginning and always had his opponent on his heels,” Montpelier coach Lilli Cain said.
Josh Golonka earned a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles for the Solons. Teammate Willem Slade closed out his match emphatically after getting pushed in the second set, securing a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 5 singles.
“Willem played a strong match and had very good ground strokes,” Cain said. “And he finished it with a service winner and an ace.”
Montpelier (3-5) will travel to play North Country at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Ben Hancock-Song (MHS) def Jessie Rubin 6-4, 6-2 Spencer Doran (MID) def. Emmett Kolber 6-2, 6-1 Sam Daly (MHS) def. Greg Golonka 6-3, 2-6 10-6 Josh Golonka (MID) def. Hunter Munteanu 6-2, 6-2 Willem Slade (MHS) def. Drew Kiernan 6-3, 7-5