Sports 12 - May 13, 2011
Pelham~Windham Sports Python Tennis Wraps Up Busy Week
by Marc Ayotte There was plenty of tennis for Pelham fans to
watch over the last week or so, as early season washouts forced the varsity tennis teams to play a combined seven matches since May Day. Since their victory over Souhegan, the boys’ team played in three matches during a five-day stretch, chalking up identical, 9-0 team wins against Milford on May 5 and Pembroke Academy on the following day. The boys then stumbled on Tuesday when they fell to the Cavaliers of Hollis- Brookline. The just-as-busy Lady Pythons also had matches against the same opponents on the same days in addition to battling Souhegan at home. In a struggling season, the girls’ team was able to manage a nice, 5-4 victory over Pembroke. Boys’ Action With back-to-back victories over Milford and
Pembroke, the Pythons ran their team-winning streak to an impressive seven matches. Against both opposing teams, Pelham captured all six individual matches, as well as swept the three doubles matches. Once again, the Pythons were led by the consistent play of their top-two seeded players. Number-one seed Matt Smith, along with number-two seed Jared Taylor, racked up 8-love wins over their Spartan foes from each school. Ethan Ely, Adam Duff-Marsh, and Ben Harris also blanked their Milford opponents. Gabe Ramos, as well as Duff-Marsh, again held their Pembroke adversaries scoreless in aiding the Python cause. Pelham, with the recent solid play, saw their team record pop to seven wins against a single defeat. Unfortunately, the Pythons suffered their second loss of the season when they visited the
Cavaliers of Hollis-Brookline. The narrow 5-4 defeat at the hands of Hollis-Brookline still leaves the Pythons in third place in the NHIAA Division II tennis standings.
Matt Smith added to his individual win streak with an 8-3 win over Hollis-Brookline’s Corbin Tulley. Second-seed Jared Taylor, in an exciting match, needed a 7-2 tiebreaker to defeat his opponent 9-8. Ethan Ely contributed the only other Pelham singles victory, 8-3, over Jonathan Gual. Although the doubles team of Smith/Taylor did win their match, the Pythons lost the other two doubles matches, thus going down to a team match defeat in an attempt to run their winning streak to eight. Girls’ Action
Although the Lady Pythons had a tough stretch of tennis in losing three matches in an eight-day stretch, they were able to return home from their away match with Pembroke, owners of a close 5-4 team win. Pelham jumped out to a nice, 4-2 team lead in the match, with victories from Kammi Mickle (8-5), Rebekah Day (8-5), Marissa Daigle (8-2), and Courtney Shay (9-7). Python assistant coach Dan Murphy commented on one of the keys to the PHS team victory: “Shay pulled off a key win at No. 6 after being down 0-4 early in her match.”
After losing the first two doubles matches, the Pythons saw their lead evaporate, setting the stage for the decisive set. In what Coach Murphy described as a “virtual tug-of-war,” he recounted the importance of the final doubles match. “Daigle and Coupal sealed the team victory in a nail-biting deciding match by coming from behind
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Lady Python number-one seed Lauren Tacco serves to her Souhegan opponent in a match at Pelham on May 2
in their tiebreaker after being down 0-5,” he said. Pelham tried to continue riding the momentum
wave in their next contest against Hollis-Brookline on May 9. The Pythons came crashing back to Earth as the Cavaliers spoiled Pelham’s bid for back-to-back wins by the score of 8-1. The single
Python Ethan Ely executes a solid ground stroke from the baseline in a match against Pembroke
shining player, in terms of registering a victory, was number-two seed Kammi Mickle, who overpowered her Cav opponent by a score of eight games to four.
Windham’s Amanda Vaudreuil Named Rookie of the Week
University of New England freshman shortstop Amanda Vaudreuil of Windham was a huge factor in the crucial doubleheader sweep of TCCC opponent Roger Williams, batting .750 (3 for 4), with three hits, four RBIs, one double, and a walk. The first-year shortstop also scored a run in the doubleheader to account for five of the Nor’easters’ eight on the day. The twin-bill victories helped the Nor’easters secure the number-
four seed and a spot in the double elimination phase of the upcoming TCCC tournament. She played in all 24 conference games, starting 22 of them. Vaudreuil also played softball for four years at Salem High School and was on the 2010 Championship team.
photos by Marc Ayotte
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