Coach's Brief: Norwood Boys Tennis Beats Milton, 5-0

Comments on the match from coach John Churchill.

From Coach John Churchill

Norwood 5, Milton 0

1s: Owen Smith (12) 6-1, 6-2 Aaron Chui (12) (W)
2s: Liam Kelly (11) 6-4, 7-5 Dan Halloran (11) (W)
3s: Nathan Jones (9) 3-0, ret. Christian Jamal (9) (W)
1d: Michael Breen (11) and Walter Aspinwall (11) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 Ray
Wong and Judas Taylor (W)
2d: Ben Richwine (12) and Jason Najm (11) 6-4, 7-5 Vincent Fong and Kenny Huang (W)

This win was a very big accomplishment for the team. Since losing our first match of the season to Milton, 3-2, the players have been dedicated to improving in all aspects of the game. They have all worked very hard and have been receptive to feedback that has helped them get good results.

In our first match against Milton, they swept the doubles matches. With Milton using the same exact doubles teams as last time, we were able to win both doubles matches. These were not easy wins, which made the victories all the more special.

The match of the day was at first doubles. This was Michael Breen's first varsity doubles match, even though he has proved himself well at doubles in practice. In the match, Michael and Walter were a little slow at the start, but they were able to keep things close after losing the first set. The second set went all the way to a tie-breaker and they held on to win the tie-break 7-5. In the final set, it started out back-and-forth. First, they were up. Then, they were down. Then, they got just enough momentum to squeak it out in the end, winning the set 6-4. Michael and Walter showed a lot of determination in just sticking it out to end because their opponents were not going to just cave in. (Nathan and Walter had lost in a third set tie-break to this team back on April 4.) It was a great win.

The second biggest match of the day was at second doubles. In our first match against Milton, we lost in straight sets at this position. Wednesday, we won in straight sets. However, we almost lost the second set. After winning the first set, Ben and Jason found themselves down 1-4 and then 2-5 in the second. However, they were able to retake the momentum in the set and battle all the way back. They finished off the match by taking the last five games.

The singles matches were not as competitive as they could have been. Milton's no. 1 singles player, Chris Baker, was out due to injury. He had won in three sets over Owen in our first meeting. However, Owen and Liam both had to play well to get the results they did. They both won in straight sets. Owen was particularly dominant in his win.

We will continue to take our season one match at a time as we approach rematches against Dedham and Braintree followed by a first match up with Foxboro. We are just trying to be as ready as possible for our matches and we will take it from there.

On Friday we face Brookline, which is a team that we expect is quite strong.


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