- Written by Dave Palana
- Published: 16 April 2014
The Duxbury boys’ tennis team is going to find out just how good it is this week, but the early returns look promising.
The Dragons had a hiccup against Barnstable to start their season, but have won four straight since all by a 5-0 scores.
The Dragons rebounded from their loss to Barnstable with a 5-0 win at Marshfield against the Rams and followed that up by blanking three Patriot League teams in the Middleboro Sachems, Pembroke Titans and Silver Lake Lakers.
Senior Mike Melampy shifted from second to first singles last week against the Sachems and continued his strong start to the season with straight-set wins against both Middleboro on Wednesday. and Silver Lake on Friday to remain unbeaten through five matches. Sophomore Eric Seewald also continued his dominant start to the season at second singles with a pair of straight-set wins as well and has not surrendered a point since his 6-3 win in the second set against Barnstable.
Junior Fred Clifford bounced back from a three-set loss against Barnstable to shut out all three of his Patriot League opponents while the doubles teams of Harry Sohmer and Jack Simon at number one and James Day and Ross Kellar at number two were also straight-set winners against the Sachems and Lakers.
The Dragons need to carry that momentum into this week as they hit the road for four straight matches starting in Hingham against the Harbormen, who are Duxbury’s biggest threat to another league championship. After Hingham, the Dragons head to Quincy twice to play both the Presidents and Red Raiders before heading to the Cape for a rematch with Barnstable.
“We had the easy part of schedule this past week,” head coach John Bunar said. “We need more consistency at number two doubles but overall we are playing well.”