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|Boys tennis suffers damaging blow|
|Wednesday, 18 May 2011 10:19|
The DHS boys’ tennis team has shown they have the ability to win a state title in 2011.
But those odds may have taken a serious blow on Thursday when No. 1 singles player senior Brayden Minahan suffered a possible fractured wrist in the Dragons’ 3-2 upset win over Cape Cod Academy.
The win ended CCA’s 67-match winning streak. Spagett to that.
Minahan played the finest set of his Duxbury career, as he topped Globe All-Scholastic senior Jon Zelman 6-1 in the first set. The second set turned into a war of nuclear forehands, with Minahan trailing in the second set, 4-5, when he went down chasing a ball in the forecourt. Minahan, knowing that his left wrist was injured, let it all hang out and fought through the pain to take the next three games to clinch the second point of the match.
With the match tied 2-2, it was time for Willy Kingsbury and Will Triebel to take the court. Duxbury’s No. 2 doubles team completely overwhelmed the CCA duo with power serves and volley play (6-2/6-0) to quickly remove the suspense.
“We were great at both ends of the lineup today,” said Coach John Bunar “This win is one we needed to show ourselves that we are a great team. Brayden is better than that kid now and our second doubles team just plain pummeled those kids.”
A hard-fought win at No. 2 singles by junior Peter Muncey over junior Will White,6-4/7-5, was all the more impressive when Muncey came from being behind to take both sets.
The No. 1 doubles team of Kevin Coakley and Eric Schneider took it on the chin against the best duo the Dragons have seen this year. Coakley and Schneider played well in their 6-2/6-2 loss to Harvard-bound Tyler Kugler and partner Dan McKerney.
At No. 3 singles, the Dragons appeared to have command, as junior Connor O’Keefe took his first set 6-2 and looked to give the Dragons their second point. Unfortunately, the CCA tandem took three out of four match points and took sets two and three.
Earlier in the week the Dragons put away Pembroke, 5-0, as Minahan won 6-0/6-1, Muncey pitched a shutout at 6-0/6-0, and O’Keefe was equally efficient with a 6-2/6-0 victory.
Coakley and Schneider took their match 7-6/6-0, while Triebel and Kingsbury breezed to a 6-0/6-0 win.