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Andover tops Shrewsbury for D1 girls’ tennis state title

After being relocated to the Greendale YMCA in Worcester because of rain, the Division 1 girls’ state tennis final between Andover and Shrewsbury was knotted, 2-2, Wednesday night with the No. 2 doubles match remaining.

Juniors Laurie-Maude Chenard and Sydney Ferry were down in the first set, 4-1, but battled back and won five straight games to win, 6-4. Chenard and Ferry cruised through the second set, 6-1, to secure a 3-2 victory and a state title for the Golden Warriors (22-0).

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“I am so proud of Chenard and Ferry right now. The team really needed them and they stepped up and played tremendously, even under all the pressure,” Andover coach Alan Hibino said.

Andover took two of the three singles matches to take a 2-1 lead. Karena Yan defeated Micaela Stone, 6-0, 6-1, in second singles and Courtney Nash took care of Abbey Scott, 6-1, 6-0, in third singles.

Colonials star Jess Perkins, the four-time individual champion in Central Mass., swept Andover’s Samantha Camilo, 6-0, 6-0, in first singles.

“Camilo has been huge for us all year but the other singles had to step up today for her, which they did,” Hibino said. “Camilo always says together we conquer and that really described our win today.”

The Colonials won No. 1 doubles as well, with Radhika Duvvuri and Sonali Razdan beating Pooja Mukund and Paige Webster, 7-5, 6-0.

Division 3 girls

Lynnfield 4, Notre Dame (Worcester) 1 — The Pioneers were in control from the beginning, cruising to the state title in Shrewsbury.

Freshman star Sarah Mezini started it off for Lynnfield, winning the No. 1 singles match against Tori Oates, 6-2, 6-1. The Pioneers (21-0) also took No. 1 doubles, with senior captain Danielle Soden and Olivia Skelley beating Caroline Kelly and Hannah Mullaney, 6-2, 6-2. Katie Nevils then beat Mary Sullivan, 6-1, 6-0, in third singles.

“We have been knocking on the door the last few years but haven’t been able to get past the sectional final,” Lynnfield coach Craig Stone said. “We returned our whole lineup from last year and with the addition of Mezini, I knew this was going to be a special year.”

This is Stone’s fifth state title in his 34-year tenure, also winning in 1992, ’97, ’98, and ’99. He has 1,003 career coaching victories in tennis and wrestling.

Senior twin captains Sloan and Logan Colby-Nunziaro remained undefeated on the season by beating Carolyn Brady and Julia Crowley, 7-6 (10-8), 6-1, in second doubles.

The only win for the Rebels came in No. 2 singles, as Julia Witt kept her perfect season intact by beating Kelly Nevils, 5-7, 6-0, 10-6.

Division 3 boys

Weston 5, Whitinsville Christian 0 — The Weston boys didn’t drop a set to take home the Division 3 team championship at Algonquin Regional High School.

“It’s fabulous,” Weston coach George Conlin said of the team’s first title since 2011. “It’s great. Everyone played fabulous and we beat the rain. A lot of great matches, it was a lot of fun.”

Junior captain Ethan Chen started things off for the Wildcats, defeating Ben Koppman, 6-2, 6-1, in first singles before play was halted because of a 20-minute rain delay.

“It was a lot of wondering if we were going to get to finish,” Conlin said. “But everyone kept the task at hand and we’ve done that at every match throughout the playoffs.”

Ten minutes after play resumed, Weston’s Adam Regent defeated Jake Chapman, 6-1, 6-1, in third singles. The Wildcats’ first doubles team of Harry Teplow and Alec Been quickly followed suit with a 6-1, 6-1 match-clinching victory.

Jack Fleckner and Jai Malhotra won their second doubles match, 6-1, 6-3, and Leland Ko beat Owen Brookhouse, 6-3, 6-2, in second singles.

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The boys’ Division 1 title match between Westborough (21-0) and Lexington (23-0) was was postponed because of impending rain.

The teams will face off Thursday at 3 p.m. at St. John’s in Shrewsbury.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Jai Malhotra’s name.

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