BUHS boys defeated on courts

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro varsity boys tennis team was nipped by visiting Amherst, 4-3, on Monday afternoon.

"Brattleboro simply had too many strategic and tactical lapses in critical places and will focus on correcting that in the days ahead. We have comparable skills. Just need to be better at seeing the evolution of points and have the patience to wait for opportunities to close them out. Most of the Amherst players showed excellent court mastery," said Colonels coach Charlie La Rosa.

In singles play, Brattleboro's Josh Nordheim won 6-0, 6-0 over Augustus Accardi in the fourth spot. Tom Szpila added a victory for the Colonels at No. 5 singles, beating Jasper Scott 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Cole Merkle and Mason Foard downed Sachin Khasu and Won-Ho Lee 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 for the hosts' third win.

"No. 2 doubles, as is so often the case, was a long slugfest. The Amherst freshmen team of Khashu and Lee refused to buckle and fought back to even the match at one set all to force the 10-point tiebreaker. Merkle and Foard dug deep with some deftly played winners, got a jump on the Amherst duo and pulled away to seal the match at 10-4," noted coach La Rosa.

Amherst swept the top three singles matches. James Serhant took care of Martin Sipowicz 6-2, 6-2; Austin Xiong topped Jonah Petrie 6-0, 6-2; and Andrew Ni denied Alex Shuey 6-3, 6-2. Eli Ji and Ethan Yu won 6-1, 6-0 over Brattleboro's Ari Essunfeld and Forest Zabriskie at first doubles.

Brattleboro (0-3) will face Burr and Burton on Wednesday.

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