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Conant boys’ and girls’ tennis win, advance to semifinals

  • Conant’s No. 3 Chris Newton defeated his opponent 8-4 on Wednesday.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Conant’s No. 3 Chris Newton defeated his opponent 8-4 on Wednesday.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's no. 4 Connor Ahern had a hard-fought victory in singles play on Wednesday. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's no. 4 Connor Ahern grinded out a tough win in singles play on Wednesday. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant’s no. 2 Evan Bennett persevered through a tough singles loss on Wednesday, contributing to a crucial doubles win later in the match.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant’s No. 3 Chris Newton defeated his opponent 8-4 on Wednesday.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant’s no. 2 Evan Bennett persevered through a tough singles loss on Wednesday, contributing to a crucial doubles win later in the match.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's boy's tennis team defeated Pelham 5-4 in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's no. 1 Sigmund Winiecki dominated on Wednesday winning his singles set 8-0.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's no. 1 Sigmund Winiecki dominated on Wednesday winning his singles set 8-0.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • No. 4 Connor Ahern, left, and no. 1 Sigmund Winiecki congratulate each other after winning a game in their doubles match up against Pelham on Wednesday.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's no. 6 Blake Ferguson hits the ball. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's no. 1 Sigmund Winiecki dominated on Wednesday winning his singles set 8-0.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's no. 6 Blake Ferguson hits the ball. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's no. 6 Blake Ferguson battles through a micro storm during the first round of the Division III playoffs on Wednesday at Franklin Pierce University.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's no. 5 Dameion Greco hits the ball.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's no. 5 Dameion Greco hits the ball.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's boy's tennis team defeated Pelham 5-4 in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant's boy's tennis team defeated Pelham 5-4 in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Wednesday afternoon. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:29AM

The Conant boys’ tennis team has advanced to the semifinal round of the Division III playoffs, defeating Pelham 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon.

While the end result was a little tighter than first-year head coach Anne Marie Osheyack would have hoped for, she felt that her boys did a great job in their first round of playoff action.

“They all had more patience with their points and weren’t trying to end them early,” said Osheyack. “They also communicated well in doubles.”

The Orioles came strong out of the gate with a dominant performance from No. 1 Sigmund Winiecki, who defeated Pelham’s No. 1 8-0.

“The way I see it is Sigmund is always going to win,” said No. 4 Connor Ahern, who is Winiecki’s doubles partner. “I know I can trust him.”

Ahern also fought his way to a win in singles, defeating his opponent 9-7. Osheyack said Wednesday was some of the best tennis she has seen Ahern play this year.

“I started strong, but then had a little trouble because I was focusing on trying to outplay him,” said Ahern, recalling his singles match. “When I figured out how I needed to play, things got easier.”

By the end of the singles portion of the match, the Orioles were tied with Pelham 3-3, putting a lot of pressure on the Conant doubles teams to step up.

Winiecki and Ahern struggled out of the gate, losing two of their first three games. After some adjustments, Winiecki and Ahern would only lose one more game, taking the set 8-3. 

“We made a few mistakes that we wouldn’t normally make,” said Ahern. 

“We figured out what they didn’t like to hit,” added Winiecki. 

No. 2 Evan Bennett and No. 3 Chris Newton gave Conant the final win they needed Wednesday, winning their set 8-2. 

“We want to do our best, we just want to win,” said Newton. “Each individual, whatever has needed to be worked on we’ve improved on.”

The No. 3 ranked Conant Orioles will now take on No. 2 Bow Falcons on Thursday afternoon in Bow. Conant played Bow twice already this season, winning 5-4 and losing 4-5. 

“As long as my boys walk off the court feeling like they played their best tennis, I’m happy,” said Osheyack, of her goals for the playoffs.

 

Girls to host semifinal Friday

The Conant girls’ tennis team also advanced to the semifinals with a win over Sanborn Wednesday, 8-1. 

Nicci Munroe, Alexys Smith, Kusum Aryal, Delaney Hirsch and Abby Wheeler all won their singles matches and the Orioles swept the doubles portion. 

No. 2 Conant will host No. 6 Pelham on Friday at 4 p.m. The Orioles and Pythons played two tight matches in the regular season, but Conant won both, 6-3 in their first meeting and 5-4 in the season finale. The winner of that match will face the winner of No. 1 Bow and No. 4 Littleton in next week’s state finals.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.