BRENDAN SOKOP serves during Lynnfield’s 5-0 win over Ipswich on the road on April 10 in their season-opener. (Courtesy Photo)


IPSWICH — After having its first three matches postponed, the Lynnfield High boys’ tennis team finally opened the 2024 season on April 10 as they visited Ipswich.

The Pioneers ended up winning 5-0.

“I was really pleased with the way we performed,” said Lynnfield head coach Joe Dunn. “Despite what he final score shows, Ipswich has a good team with a lot of seniors and they are good enough to make the state tournament.”

The Tigers fell to 1-1 overall and in the Cape Ann League with the defeat.

At first singles, Dan Levin won 6-0, 6-1 while second-singles player Shea McCarthy also won, 6-0, 6-1.

Third-singles player, Shlok Kudrimoti, shut out his opponent, 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles action, the first team of Russ Kasdon and Raffi Arkun won, 7-5, 6-1. The second pairing of Brendan Sokop and Slate LoPilato also won in straight sets winning, 6-1, 6-1.

The two other scheduled matches for the Pioneers last week were postponed. The April 8 match at Newburyport was postponed due to the eclipse (the Clippers couldn’t start the match later that afternoon) and will be made up on April 30 at 3:30 p.m.

The non-league match at home against Beverly was rained out last Friday (make-up date unknown as of press time).

Lynnfield has the April Vacation Week off this week as their next match will be on April 22 when they travel to Peabody to take on non-league Bishop Fenwick. That match will start at 3:30 p.m.

“We are going to have a lot of three-match week’s because of the four postponements we have already had,” pointed out Dunn, as the matches against St. John’s Prep and Swampscott were also rained out during the first week of April.