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MIAA INDIVIDUAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Acton-Boxborough’s Alex Pieri and Leon Fridrikh capture doubles title

8.2.3060722134_Sports_23tennis Martha's Vineyard High School doubles players Elizabeth Williamson, left, and Victoria Scott pose before defeating Barnstable High 2 sets to none in the MIAA South Sectional Girl's Tennis Finals at Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett, Mass., Saturday, April 23, 2016. (Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe)

2016 file/Robert E. Klein for the Globe

Martha's Vineyard’s Elizabeth Williamson (left) and Victoria Scott defended their state doubles title Saturday in Shrewsbury.

SHREWSBURY — Acton-Boxborough’s Alex Pieri and Leon Fridrikh swept defending champions Ryan Farhat and Christian Jorgensen of Algonquin, 6-0, 7-5, to take home the boys’ doubles state championship Saturday at St. John’s of Shrewsbury.

After a quick first set, Algonquin jumped out to an early lead in the second, but the A-B seniors remained composed enough to come from behind and win.

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“Two years ago, we saw another doubles team from our school come in and play for the same title,” Fridrikh said. “It was kind of disappointing because they were up and ended up losing, and we were really trying to avenge that and make sure it didn’t happen this time.”

Acton-Boxborough had just come off its third Division 1 team championship under coach Kevin Curley.

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“We were definitely dialed in for the entire first set . . . but you could tell the second set was much more competitive,” Curley said.

“I just talked to the team about staying disciplined.

“In the second set, I think that they really focused on staying more disciplined with their directionals.”

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Girls’ doubles – Junior Elizabeth Williamson and sophomore Victoria Scott of Martha’s Vineyard defeated Longmeadow’s Jen Brayton and Meghan Swanson in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, to defend their crown.

“Particularly when you want to repeat what you’ve already accomplished, I think it can actually be less hard,” Martha’s Vineyard coach Nina Bramhall said. “You know you can do it, so you want to do it again.”

Boys’ singles — Westboro senior Sumukh Pathi defeated Dover-Sherborn’s Max Schuermann in three sets, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5, for his third consecutive singles title.

At one point in the final set, Schuermann led, 5-3, but Pathi outlasted him, taking the next four games. The match lasted more than three hours.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Pathi said. “I know it’s an individual sport, but I’ve had a lot of support from fans and friends over these last four years.

“Our team lost on Thursday, so I knew I had to do it for the fans and the Westboro community.

“It means so much because it’s my last time ever playing for Westboro.”

Girls’ singles — Longmeadow freshman Iris Gallo defeated Arlington’s Mia Wallace in straight sets to capture the state individual championship.

After winning the first set, 6-3, Gallo fell behind early in the second, but stormed back thanks to near-perfect serve placement to win the set, 7-5.

Henry Brechter can be reached at henry.brechter@globe.com.
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