Boys Tennis

Taking the necessary steps

After going 0-14 in 2012, Conant has now won three times this season

  • The Conant boys tennis team hosted White Mountains on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant boys tennis team hosted White Mountains on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant boys tennis team hosted White Mountains on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant boys tennis team hosted White Mountains on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant boys tennis team hosted White Mountains on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant boys tennis team hosted White Mountains on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant boys tennis team hosted White Mountains on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant boys tennis team hosted White Mountains on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant boys tennis team hosted White Mountains on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant boys tennis team hosted White Mountains on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

The expectation was for the Conant boys tennis team to be improved in 2013.

While the Orioles lost their top player from the group that went 0-14 last year, second-year coach Chris Whitney felt his squad had the ability to win. And so far he is right.

Conant won back-to-back matches for the first time in two years last week, defeating both Kearsarge and White Mountains 6-3, and stood at 3-6 overall entering Monday’s rematch with Wilton-Lyndeborough.

“They’re a lot more confident this year,” said Whitney. “We’re all pretty happy with where we are at.”

In both of those matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Orioles were tied at three wins apiece after singles play. A position Whitney feels comfortable being in because he has so much confidence in his three doubles pairings. And in both cases, Conant swept all three doubles matches.

“Doubles has been the much stronger area for us this year,” said Whitney. “Our guys are pretty confident going into doubles.”

On Wednesday against White Mountains, Brian Yaceshyn (8-3), Lucas Tapply (8-1) and Zach Jean (8-3) all picked up singles wins. Then Yaceshyn and Ben Desmaris teamed up for an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles. Tapply and Jean won 8-3 to secure the match, while Vinny Geloran and William Blake won 8-5.

On Tuesday, in a rescheduled match with Kearsarge, the Orioles got wins for the same three singles players with Yaceshyn pulling out a close 8-6 victory. Tapply won 8-1 and Jean outlasted his opponent 8-5. And the team dominated doubles play, as Yaceshyn and Desmaris won the closest match at No. 1, 9-7.

“Each one of our match wins has been decided in doubles,” said Whitney. “If we can get two or three wins from singles, we feel pretty good because we know how well we can play in doubles.”

The week ended with a tough 8-1 loss to Profile, with Jean earning the only win at No. 5 singles, 8-5. But the Orioles also had to forfeit the sixth singles match and the last two doubles pairings due to injuries.

“It was not exactly the way we wanted it to go,” said Whitney.

But all in all, the season so far has been a big success. There have been a few tough losses against the more established teams in Division III, but that can be expected from a team that has a limited roster and players still learning the game.

Whitney believes that are a few more wins left for the team to earn and is ready to see what the final two weeks have in store.

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