ORR boys tennis finishes season with record of 18-2

Jun 5, 2019

MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester Regional High School boys tennis team decisively beat the Nantucket Whalers five matches to zero in the second round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament.

Senior Ray Williams won the first singles match 6-1, 6-2 against Nantucket junior, Luke Mackay. Williams said his competitor had good lobs, but a weaker second serve that he was able to take advantage of.

“I was able to get to the net when I needed to and put it away,” Williams said of his performance.

The other two singles players, as well as both doubles teams from ORR also defeated their opponents by two sets to zero.

Despite falling short against the Bulldogs, the Nantucket team made notable improvements from last year, according to coach Vaughan Machado. In 2018 the team finished their first season as a varsity sport with a record of 1-9. Machado was able to take the Whalers to the postseason tournament in his first year as coach at Nantucket High School, finishing with a record of 9-7.

The ORR boys tennis team defeated Cohasset Middle-High School in the quarter final match of the Division 3 South sectional bracket on Friday June 7 with a score of three matches to two. They were eventually defeated by Martha’s Vineyard in the semifinals on Tuesday June 11.

In the team’s final match, Ray Williams won at first singles with a score of  2-6, 6-4, 10-2. Emmet McQuade and Marc Pothier won at second doubles with a score of  6-1, 6-0. The bulldogs fell short in their other three matches of the day.

The ORR team finished the season with a record of  18-2. They won the SCC championship for the sixth year in a row, and made it to the semifinals for the fifth consecutive year. Ray Williams, Geoff Noonan, Sam Wiggin, Ian Friedrichs ,and Justin Smith graduated in the class of 2019.

Coach Michael Beson said the team’s goals for the season were to win the SCC championship and to only lose to a team that was better than them in the playoffs. He said that both of those goals were accomplished.