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|Hingham eliminates Dragons in boysâ€™ tennis|
|Written by Mike Halloran|
|Tuesday, 09 June 2009 08:47|
A funny thing happened to the DHS boysâ€™ tennis team last Friday. They started their semifinal match with archrival Hingham on the courts at Norwell High School, and finished it a couple of hours later at the Weymouth Tennis Club.
Having lost to the Harbormen twice during the regular season by 4-1 and 3-2 scores, Coach John Bunar had a glimmer of hope that his forces would rise up during tournament play and pull the shocker.
Unfortunately the Dragons got a shock themselves, failing to win any match and being eliminated from the MIAA Division II South Sectional, 5-0.
With the matches starting at 2 p.m. and threatening skies overhead, both coaches hoped to squeeze the matches in before the clouds opened up. It looked like they were well on their way to getting their wish, but slips by Brayden Minahan and Peter Muncey put a halt to the proceedings. A conference was held between the coaches and a call was made to Weymouth, forcing both squads back on the buses and up the highway.
When play resumed the results werenâ€™t much different, as senior Alex Chin continued to hammer away at Minahan at #1 singles, walking off the court with a 6-3/6-1 win.
The script wasnâ€™t much different at #2 singles where Hinghamâ€™s Chandler Semjen beat freshman Muncey by the identical score.
If Duxbury had any hope of pulling the upset it had to sweep the remaining matches. Considering junior Sanjay Rau (#3 singles) and the #1 doubles team of seniors Ryan Johnson and John Ripple had not lost a match this season pretty much stated the Dragonsâ€™ predicament.
Rau had little trouble with Duxburyâ€™s Connor Oâ€™Keefe, beating the rookie, 6-1/6-2, at #3 singles, while Johnson and Ripple had little difficulty in besting senior Connor Dunphy and sophomore Alex Holopainen, 6-0/6-1.
The Harbormen completed the sweep with a 6-2/6-2 victory over senior TJ Scholberg and sophomore Ben Startzell.
The loss ends Duxburyâ€™s season at 17-7.