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GIRLS’ TENNIS

Roundup: Concord-Carlisle girls win tennis title

Concord-Carlisle defended its Division 2 girls’ tennis state championship by defeating Hingham, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Rahanis Park in Burlington.

The second doubles team finished its undefeated season as Sophie Hibben and Hailey Hoffman defeated Hingham’s Nikki Lund and Ashland Stansbury, 6-4, 6-4.

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The finals had been postponed twice because of poor weather conditions, but Concord-Carlisle coach Bob Furey said his team wasn’t that fazed by having to wait.

“The girls were all set mentally and then it got postponed again and again,” he said. “It’s extremely tough mentally to get them back in the same mind-set that it’s time to play, but in the end I don’t think it hurt most of the girls.”

At second singles, Concord-Carlisle sophomore Bella Stone defeated Hingham’s Danielle Vanzura, 6-2, 6-2.

“I knew that if I stayed constant and played the ball back as much as possible I would be able to win,” said Stone. “There was a lot working for me, even being very nervous, but I just tried my best to stay steady.”

At third singles, Concord-Carlisle’s Meredith Block won, 6-0, 6-1, over Laura Hern.

Hingham’s Emma Alderman needed a super tiebreaker to win her match over Julia Cancio, 6-4, 2-6, 10-6.

“It was tough to have Julia lose because she has been such a dedicated player all year and is the toughest, hardest-working girl we have,’’ said Furey. “She also hasn’t lost a single match all year so it’s very much bittersweet to see her lose this, but for us also to win the championship again.”

Hingham’s other point came from Hingham’s Maggie Bergstein and Delaney Dunlap, who beat Martina Daelli and Sarah Yang in another super tiebreaker, 5-7, 6-3, 10-3.

“You always want all the girls to win, but everyone played their hardest all day today, and I felt confident in all of them today,’’ said Furey. “If the line judges hadn’t been here, then I think we would have let the girls play it out, but the MIAA is under a lot of pressure because of the games being postponed.”

This is the second time Concord-Carlisle has won back-to-back titles (2004-05).

“Our team is young and we have this whole roster coming back next year, so it’s now our goal to set a record with having three consecutive wins,” said Furey. “The girls want to do it.’’

Division 3

Manchester Essex 5, Monument Mountain 0 — Manchester Essex and first-year coach Phil Logsdon made it a perfect 22-0 this spring, winning the Division 3 title. At No. 1 singles, Brittany Collens won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. At second singles, Michelle Fuca won, 6-0, 6-2, and at No. 3 singles, Kendell McCormick rolled, 6-1, 6-1. It was more of the same in the doubles. At No. 1, Rachel Daley and Chanel Bullock won, 6-0, 6-2. At second doubles, Molly Carlson and Maura McCormick finished with 6-2, 6-2 win.

Individuals

Cohasset’s Emma Davis won the MIAA individual singles title at St. John’s of Shrewsbury, beating Shrewsbury’s Jessica Parker, 6-3, 6-3, in the final. The doubles trophy is headed to the Cape after the Barnstable team of Katie Tynan and Gabrielle Riley beat Winchester’s Janie Weber and Lena Pfeifenberger, 6-3, 6-1. Earlier, Davis advanced by defeating Amherst’s Nicole McCann, 7-6, 6-1. Tynan and Riley beat Longmeadow’s Hannah Epstein and Ashley Toebes in their semifinal, 7-6, 5-7, 6-2.

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