It used to be that Coach John Bunar’s season revolved around beating Hingham for the Patriot League crown. Now there’s a new kid on the block and the Dragons have another challenger they’ll need to contend with.

It used to be that Coach John Bunar’s season revolved around beating Hingham for the Patriot League crown. Now there’s a new kid on the block and the Dragons have another challenger they’ll need to contend with.

For the second straight year the Pembroke Titans have put a crimp in Duxbury’s title plans, as they rallied in four of the five sets to knock off the Dragons, 3-2.{sidebar id=4}

After Duxbury’s #2 doubles tandem of James Rich and Connor Dunphy walked off the court rather quickly with a 6-1/6-2 victory, the Dragons appeared to be on their way to an easy win over the Titans.

The #1 doubles pair of Stefan Seman and Kevin Scott looked unbeatable in taking the first set, 6-2, but Pembroke’s first doubles team was undefeated for a reason and stormed back to take the next two sets by scores of 6-4 and 6-1 in the three-set win.

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Stefan Seman

 

Freshman Brayden Minihan was the other Duxbury winner, as he battled Chris Marrano in a lengthy three-set tie-breaker win 6-2/3-6/7-6 (8-6).{sidebar id=1}

The Titans managed to take the remaining two singles matches when Matt Lee knocked off Dan Pannell at #2 singles by rallying with a pair of 6-3 wins after losing the first set, 3-6.

TJ Scholberg also had a tough time at #3 singles, losing to Josh Hale 6-2/2-6/6-2.

It was a tough way for Duxbury to end its week, especially after the Dragons were fully rested after sending out many of their bench players to take a 4-1 win over a weak Middleboro team the day before.

Sophomore Stephen Day got the call at #1 singles and made his debut a successful one with a 6-2/7-5 win over Scott Fanara.

Junior TJ Cameron took on Brian Morse at #2 singles and came away with a 6-1/6-3, while Peter Tenaglia took it on the chin at #3 singles with a pair of 3-6 losses.

It took James Witten and Patrick Murphy three sets to win their #1 doubles match over Evan Pittsley and Marc Turner, 6-3/6-7 (5)/6-1 while Mike Larkin and Kevin Dame won over Will Bradford and Scott Chamberlain at #2 doubles.

The team resumes Patriot League action this week when they take on Rockland, Hingham, and Scituate while trying to improve on its 5-2 record.{sidebar id=6}