By DAN TOMASELLO
LYNNFIELD — Patience is a virtue.
The boys’ tennis team won its first match of the 2015 season on Friday, May 9, when the Pioneers defeated Amesbury 5-0. The victory improved the Pioneers’ record this season to 1-9.
“It feels good,” said Pioneers head coach Adam Milholland. “We are a better team than our record shows. Our first couple of losses weighed us down and I think this win will loosen us up. It allows us to show how good of a team we are.”
Senior Mike Romano easily defeated his first singles opponent in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Senior captain Shreyas Kudrimoti dispatched his second singles counterpart in two sets, 6-1, 6-3.
Freshman Colin Lamusta defeated his third singles opponent in three sets. He won the first set 7-6, lost the second set 3-6 and won the third set 6-3.
“Colin has been working extremely hard this season and it was great he got his first varsity win,” said Milholland.
The first doubles duo of senior captain Ethan Forrest and junior Danny Bronshvayg cruised to a decisive two set victory, 6-4, 6-1. The second doubles tandem of senior Sam Forrest and Jose Garcia pulled out a two set victory, 6-1, 6-1.
Milholland said he was pleased Sam Forrest was able to get his first varsity win against Amesbury.
“Sam works hard every day,” said Milholland. “He’s a coach’s dream. He always hustles and never argues. It’s exciting he got his first varsity win.”
Loss to Pentucket
The Pioneers began last week falling 4-1 to Pentucket on May 4.
Romano lost his first singles match in two sets, 1-6, 0-6. Kudrimoti dropped a three set heartbreaker in second singles. After winning the first set 6-4, Kudrimoti lost sets two and three 2-6 and 1-6 respectively.
Lamusta dropped his third singles match in two sets, 2-6, 4-6.
Ethan Forrest and Bronshvayg secured a decisive two set victory during first doubles, 6-2, 6-2. Sam Forrest and Garcia fell 5-7 and 3-6 during second doubles.
“Pentucket is a very tough team,” said Milholland. “I thought we had an advantage in doubles and was hoping to get a win in singles but it didn’t happen.”
Falls to Arlington
The Pioneers fell 4-1 to Arlington on May 5.
Romano fell 6-7, 3-6 during first singles. Kudrimoti dropped his second singles match in two sets, 3-6, 2-6. Lamusta came up short in third singles in two sets, 2-6, 1-6.
Ethan Forrest and Bronshvayg won their first doubles match in two sets, 6-4, 6-3. The second doubles tandem of Sam Forrest and Garcia lost their match in three sets. After falling 2-6 during the first set, they won the second set 7-6 and fell 1-6 during the third set.
“It was another close match,” said Milholland. “The boys worked hard.”
De-clawed by Tigers
The Pioneers fell 4-1 to Ipswich on May 6.
Romano dropped his first singles match in three sets. He lost the first set 4-6, won the second set 6-1 and fell 4-6 during the third set.
Kudrimoti dropped his second singles match in two sets, 4-6, 2-6. Lamusta fell 3-6, 3-6 during third singles.
Ethan Forrest and Bronshvayg won their first doubles match in a three set thriller. After losing the first set 4-6, Ethan and Bronshvayg won sets two and three 6-1 and 6-4 respectively.
In second doubles, Sam Forrest and Garcia lost their match in three sets. After winning the first set 6-4, they lost set two 2-6 and set three 1-6.
“This was one of the matches we should have won,” said Milholland. “We had three three-set matches and we only won one of those matches. First doubles pulled each other up and that’s why they won the third set.”
The Pioneers faced North Reading on Monday, May 11, taking place after deadline. Lynnfield travels to Austin Prep on Thursday, May 14, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Pioneers host Newburyport on Monday, May 18, beginning at 3:30 p.m.