You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Division 1 girls’ tennis

Andover knocks off Barnstable

Gabrielle Riley returns a drop volley in Barnstable’s victory in No. 1 doubles at the state semifinal match against Andover.

Matthew J.Lee/The Boston Globe

Gabrielle Riley returns a drop volley in Barnstable’s victory in No. 1 doubles at the state semifinal match against Andover. r

BURLINGTON — The state semifinals between North sectional winner Andover and South winner Barnstable came down to one set Sunday at Rahanis Park, with the Golden Warriors coming out on top, 3-2.

The Golden Warriors (21-0) won the No. 1 singles, with Samantha Camilo beating Lauren Persson, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), and No. 3 singles, with Courtney Nash beating Maria Andreadis, 6-0, 6-2.

Continue reading below

The Red Raiders (20-1) won both doubles matches, with Gabrielle Riley and Katie Tynan winning at No. 1, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), and Taya Berler and Michaela Cornwall at No. 2, 6-3, 7-5.

With the sides tied, 2-2, and a trip to the state finals on the line, the No. 2 singles players took to the clay for all the marbles.

The first two sets between Barnstable’s Maggie Pedicini and Andover junior Karena Yan had been absolute battles, Yan taking the first, 7-6 (8-6), and Pedicini grabbing the second, 7-5.

The third set turned out to be one-sided as Yan sealed the victory for Andover with a comfortable 6-2 decision.

“I definitely felt the pressure but my team is very supportive and I knew that they would support me win or lose,” Yan said. “It feels amazing to be on our way to the state finals, especially since we got knocked out early in the sectionals last year.”

Barnstable, the defending state champion and winner of the past three South sectionals, was definitely not an easy out, as second-year Andover coach Alan Hibino can attest.

“Every set today was excruciatingly long and grueling, but all of the girls are mentally tough and found a way to get it done in the end,’’ Hibino said. “Our mission is not over yet, though, we have our hearts set on winning states.”

On Wednesday, the Golden Warriors will face the winner of Monday’s Shrewsbury-Amherst match at St. John’s (Shrewsbury).

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of