Not many players have what it takes to defeat Cohasset sophomore Emma Davis, and Sunday’s girls’ South tennis singles championship was no different. After two swift matches in the quarterfinals and semifinals at the Marion Indoor Tennis Club, Davis cruised past Wellesley freshman and Bay State Conference MVP Ashley Avery, 6-1, 6-3. In her three matches over the weekend, Davis dropped just five games.
Davis’s victory did not come as much of a surprise, since she led Cohasset to the Division 3 South title last year as a freshman. She also competes in USTA New England and national tournaments, making her one of the best Under-18 female tennis players in New England.
With all of her success, Davis wasn’t sure she would play high school tennis this year. Her fitness regimen is strict, and she didn’t want to miss out on tournaments. But one thing changed her mind.
“Up until the deadline I was thinking I wasn’t going to play,” she said. “Then I saw my teammates and knew I had to — the team aspect of it is just so much fun.”
The feeling is likewise for her teammates, and especially Cohasset coach Gigi Meehan.
“We’re all super fans,” she said. “I think that’s clear when you have eight seniors show up for [Davis] two days in a row after their prom.”
Davis commanded the court with early leads in both sets. While Avery exhibited a great backhand, she was always a step behind Davis, who had rocket-fast serves that frequently resulted in aces.
“I wish I could take a small credit for her talent, but it has nothing to do with us,” Meehan said. “We’re just happy to be along for the ride.”
The doubles final was totally different, with the teams equally matched. Barnstable junior Gabrielle Riley and freshman Katie Tynan rallied in the second set to defeat Hingham sophomore Delaney Dunlap and junior Maxine Bergstein, 6-1, 7-5.
While Barnstable dominated the first set, Hingham gave its all in the second set. Hingham trailed, 2-1, then took a 4-3 lead. It looked like Hingham was going to make a major comeback until Barnstable bounced back to take a 6-5 lead that soon became a 7-5 victory and the South title.
Tynan and Riley stayed cool whenever they were down.
“We play point by point and don’t quite worry about what the score is at the time,” Riley said. “We just keep on going.”
The winners advanced to the state individual finals June 15.
Malden Catholic 5, Billerica 4 —Jeremy Roberts pitched a complete game and Ian Steckel drove home the winning run in the eighth inning to help the Lancers knock off the No. 10 Indians.
Walpole 4, Braintree 3 — Mike Gaughen pitched four shutout innings in relief and freshman Ian Fair’s bases-loaded single in the ninth allowed the Rebels to walk off with a win over the Wamps.
North Reading 6, Lynn English 0 — Keith Linnane had two hits and an RBI and Ryley Warnock earned his ninth win of the season at the Clancy Tournament in Lynn.
Concord-Carlisle 3, Reading 1 — Galen Kerr tossed a one-hitter for the Patriots while striking out 14 in a win over the Rockets.
North Reading 13, Ipswich 1 — Senior Leslie Zewiey (6-1) pitched one-hit ball over five innings with nine strikeouts and senior Alicia McCauley hammered a three-run homer to power the Hornets (16-5).
Cardinal Spellman 9, Hanover 3 — Junior Courtney Zambello recorded 16 strikeouts and gave up just two hits and Bridget Walsh went 3 for 3 with a three-run home run for the Cardinals.
Medford 11, Arlington 10 — Sam LoPilato hit a walkoff single for the Mustangs.
Division 2 South
Cohasset 14, Fairhaven 4 — Senior Kristin Alexander had five goals and the Skippers advanced to a first-round matchup with Duxbury. Molly and Megan Fitzgerald played well defensively and helped Cohasset (8-6-2) build an 11-2 halftime lead.