Derryfield vs. Exeter
On Thursday the Boys Varsity tennis team traveled to the Hawks nest to take on Exeter High School. Exeter has a perennially strong program and this year is no exception. The girls canceled and we drove through rain, but the weather cleared on our way so we were able to finish the match.
From the warm up in singles I could tell that this was going to be a close match. Sophomore #1 Jack Schroeder faced an incredibly fast and athletic Exeter player. Jack did a great job hitting lots of balls and keeping his composure before stepping on the gas and putting his opponent away 8-6. At second singles, Christopher Lynch faced a hard serving net-crasher, but could not find a way around him, falling 5-8. Chris Van Natta at #3 singles faced a tough opponent who after the first few games did not seem to make a mistake. Chris fought hard, but ended up losing 5-8. At #4 singles it was all Max. Facing a hard hitting and consistent opponent, Max mixed in slices off speed shots to take the Exeter player apart, winning 8-5. At numbers five and six, the freshman duo of Jack Krasnof and Billy Gardner took control of their matches and put their opponents away with Jack winning 8-2 at #5 and Billy winning 8-5 at #6.
We started doubles up 4-2 in the match, so we only needed one match to win. The Cougars felt great after their singles, but Exeter was ready to fight it out until the end. Then it started raining… The rain seemed to energize the Hawks and they jumped out to early leads on all courts. At #1 doubles Jack Schroeder and Chris Lynch came back from a 1-4 deficit to a lead at 5-4, but could not hold on, losing 8-6. Chris Van Natta and Max Smith at #2 could not click and fell 8-5. It was all down to the freshmen at #3 doubles. The match was tied at 7-7 with nerves all around. Billy and Jack won the next game to make it 8-7, but nerves got the best of them and this one was going to be decided by a tiebreaker. In the breaker Jack and Billy showed poise beyond their experience, gaining the lead and not letting up, winning the breaker (and the match) 7-4.
In my four years as head coach we have not beaten Exeter, so this was a great win for us. Please come out and cheer for us as we take on Concord at home this afternoon at 4!
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.