Wellesley’s Harry Collomb wins MIAA boys’ tennis title
SHREWSBURY — Freshman Harry Collomb became the first Wellesley singles player to win the MIAA individual boys’ tennis title with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Boston Latin senior Derek Shen Saturday.
Collomb, who defeated Northampton sophomore Stefan Johnson, 7-5, 6-4, in the semifinals, won six of the last seven games in the first set after trailing, 3-0, then cruised in the third set after dropping the second.
“I think mid-first set I was thinking maybe I could do this,” Collomb said. “I thought if I worked my way point by point I could squeeze out a win. That confidence helped me and it gave me a different mind-set to keep the intensity up and keep going.”
In doubles, Acton-Boxborough’s Tiger Tian and Jasper Bo took the title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Brookline’s Josh Fleishman and Ben Moolman. Tian and Bo advanced to the final on a walkover after Marlborough’s Rishi Baronia and Avi Shah withdrew.
A forehand lob passing shot on the run that landed inside the baseline gave Acton-Boxborough’s Ashleigh Parlman the break she needed before serving it out to win the MIAA individual girls’ tennis singles championship over Alex Prudente of Notre Dame Academy, 6-1, 6-4, at St. John’s High.
“I knew that I had to dig in and just run every ball down,” Parlman said. “Because if I could get it up and out of the strike zone, there’s nothing anyone can do about it.”
In the all-sophomore final, it was Parlman who grabbed an early 4-0 lead and claimed the first set. The second was knotted up at 4-4 before Parlman ran away with it and captured her first individual state title.
In the doubles’ final, Wellesley’s Haley Genta and Maria Lasso netted the state title with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win over Elaine Cho and Yasmine Lee of Algonquin Regional at St. John’s.
Genta and Lasso raced to a 6-0 finish in the third set over the sophomore/senior team of Lee and Cho of Algonquin.
“We both clicked,” Lasso said of the third set. “We were like ‘Let’s finish this.’ ”
It was the first individual title for both Genta and Lasso.