First victory against Red Raiders in over 13 years

Published June 2, 2021

MELROSE — The Wakefield High boys’ tennis team has steadily improved over the years, and though they’ve been close to beating rival Melrose, they haven’t been able to break through in the 13 years that head coach Cheryl Connors has been at the helm. 

That changed on Memorial Day when the Warriors strolled onto the Lyons Courts on Tremont Street and left town with a program-shifting 3-2 win. 

“My team was very happy with the win,” said Connors. “It’s a huge victory for our young team. They are beginning to use the strategies we have been practicing.”

ZACHARY HARTER teamed up with Mike Leary at first doubles and beat their Melrose opponents 6-1, 6-2 to help the Warriors defeat the Red Raiders for the first time in over 13 years. (File Photo)

The Warriors took the singles matches 2-1 and dominated at first doubles to account for their three match wins. 

Captain Sean DeCourcy set the tone at third singles, sweeping his opponent, 6-0, 6-0. 

Zachariah Baumhardt earned his win at second singles with a score of 6-2, 6-3.

Mike Leary and Zack Harter cruised at first doubles with a score of 6-1, 6-2.

“Zachariah Baumhardt and Sean DeCourcy played very smart as well as the team of No. 1 doubles Mike Leary and Zack Harter,” said Connors. 

The second doubles team of Tommy Frohlichstein and Greg Beaudoin also played a great match, coming up just short in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. 

The Warriors improved to 5-4 with the win.  A rematch against Melrose will occur on Monday, 4 p.m. at the Dobbins Courts.