ISABELLE COTTRELL was one of the big winners in Melrose’s 3-2 win over Milton in the opening round of the Div. 2 tournament. (Raj Das www.edphotos.com)

 


D2 playoff win over Milton advances team

 

By JENNIFER GENTILE

MELROSE—It was the perfect day for tennis and an even better effort by the Melrose High girls’ varsity tennis team, who opened their playoffs as the #7 seed in Div. 2 playoff with a home match on Monday at the Lyons Courts in Melrose, and beat their Div. 2 opponent, #26 seed Milton, by a score of 3-2.

The win advances them to host #10 seed Longmeadow on Friday at 4:00 p.m. in round-of-16 play among a 40-team bracket.

Picking up wins were senior Isabella Cottrell in second singles, Saoirse Stallings in third singles and the first doubles pair of Ava McSorley and Anna Wong. Coming up shy were Ava Picone in first singles and the second doubles pair of Mackenzie Donovan and Lara Flank-Contin.

“Isabella and Saoirse both played for 3 and a half hours,” reports coach Lydia Mays. “They both won in the end but it was close the entire time. The strength and perseverance they showed left us all speechless.”

Milton certainly came to play despite being a lower seed. Says the coach, “Milton was much better than anticipated. We also were down 2 players so we had to scramble at the last minute to make our lineup work.”

And now, the competition continues. Melrose will get to host Longmeadow, a highly-ranked team that Melrose will need a crash course to study for. Fan support may be crucial.

Notes the coach. “Our next match is scheduled for Friday against Longmeadow. We are ahead in the power rankings so we will be at home. Longmeadow has a very impressive record with 17 wins and only 1 loss so they will be our hardest competition yet. We could use all of the support we can get!”

You heard it Melrose fans. Arrive to the Lyons Courts this Friday at 4:00 p.m. so the #7 seed Melrose can make it to quarterfinals.