NICE WIN IN CLOSE MATCH FOR DS JV TENNIS.
DERRYFIELD 5 – PORTSMOUTH 4 On the first day of the last day of the season, a typically cloudy, chilly and eventually rainy afternoon, the JVs eked out a 5-4 win against Portsmouth to improve their record to 2-1. It was a battle between two skeleton squads; Derryfield sent all six of its netmen onto the courts, but Portsmouth only brought five to oppose the Cougars on their “home” courts at West High School in Manchester. Portsmouth started strong, but Derryfield finished stronger to secure the team triumph. Portsmouth notched quick victories at #1 and #2 singles to take a 2-0 lead. But junior tennis rookie Kevin Li scored a key 6-2 win of his match at #5 singles, and the Cougars added a point via forfeit at #6 singles to even the team score at 2-2. Then following a Portsmouth win at #4 singles, freshman Keegan Butler completed an impressive come-from-behind performance by winning a tiebreaker at #3 singles to set the team score at 3-3. Keegan had trailed 1-4 before settling down and rallying with solid ground strokes to earn a 7-6 (7-5) victory. Again, undermanned Portsmouth surrendered a point at #3 doubles via forfeit. So when seniors Ethan Kloc and Noah Gonzalez played a career-best match at #1 doubles to win 6-4, Derryfield had secured the team victory. In addition to the key points won by Kevin and Keegan in their singles matches, and Noah and Ethan in doubles, solid play from senior Rami Hanna and junior rookie Austin Best at #1 and #2 singles respectively enabled the underdog Cougars to defeat favored Portsmouth.
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.