BRATTLEBORO >> After dropping singles matches at No. 1 and No, 2, the 4-2 Colonel boys swept the remaining varsity tennis matches for a 5-2 win over Burr & Burton in windy but sunny conditions at BUHS on Wednesday.
The matches of the day were played at No. 2 and No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles. In the doubles matchup, Ari Essunfeld and Josh Nordheim played solid doubles basics to defeat BBA's Mike Hollingshead and Aidan Shaw-Pigeon 7-5, 6-2. The Colonels duo kept the ball deep, avoiding the net man, while playing their own excellent net game and picking off anything within reach for sharply-angled winners.
Brattleboro's Gideon May, at No. 3 singles, pulled off a win over Justin Walla with deep balls to the baseline and looping ground strokes followed by sharply paced shots to the corners to keep Walla off balance. It was a close match, but May avoided a tiebreaker in the second set to win 6-4, 7-5.
The highlight of the match was played at No. 2 singles. Brattleboro's Martin Sipowicz drew hard-serving Justin Tegen and both players slugged it out for the day's longest match. Sipowicz adjusted quickly to Tegen's big first serve and mixed up baseline drives with delicate drop shots to keep Tegen on the defensive. After dropping the first set 5-7, Sipowicz brought the second set to 6 games all but was bested by Tegen in the tiebreaker.
Alex Shuey and Tom Szpila prevailed for the purple and white at fourth and fifth singles respectively. Brattleboro's seconds doubles team of Zeb Hathaway and Cole Merkle won by forfeit.
"Everyone played well physically and mentally today, and I was really impressed by the overall performance against a tough team," noted BUHS coach Charlie La Rosa.
The Colonels will play at Woodstock today.
MANCHESTER >> Jazmin Smith forced a third set at No. 3 singles and the doubles tandem of Rose Dumaine-Hannah Blake battled hard before falling 7-5, 6-3 to lead Brattleboro in a 7-0 loss to Burr and Burton on Wednesday.
"We did well. Burr & Burton is always strong and this year is no different," said Brattleboro coach Tom Weber. "We played quite evenly in most matches. I was really pleased with what I saw from our team. We were not overwhelmed by them. It's exciting."
The 2-3 Colonels will play at Amherst, Mass. on Saturday.
LANGDON, N.H. >> Fall Mountain retained The Cup with a 6-1 victory over Bellows Falls on Wednesday. Emily Stoddard blasted a solo homer over the fence in left during the seventh inning for BF's lone run. Murphy Hicks struck out five batters for the 2-4 Terriers.
Track and Field
WESTMINSTER >> The Brattleboro and Bellows Falls boys placed first and second respectively in the Weiser/Howard Relays. Jasper Reed won the long jump and triple jump to pace the Colonels, who ended up with 60 points. Shane Clark prevailed in the pole vault for Bellows Falls, which finished with 55 points in the 10-school event.