Senior (6-1, 6-0) at Match Point Tennis Center in .of Highland boys tennis had a “shaky start” against Lucas of Cornwall, according to his coach Alan Benson, and lost in straight sets
Butfound his rhythm for his second match, the consolation match, against Gavin O’Brien, and topped O’Brien “pretty decisively,” said Benson, 6-3, 6-3.
“I started finding my rhythm and mixing up my shots more, with lots of different serves,” said. It was good enough to place third and secure a spot at the state tournament to be held May 28-30 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.
“It’s been a goal for him for the last two seasons now,” said Benson. With a fresh MHAL title in hand, coach Benson said “Really, this is the culmination of four years’ hard work – and this is his senior year, his last shot, and he got it.”
expressed excitement at the chance of playing on the same tennis courts as the legends. “I’m playing (where they hold) the U.S. Open, where (Roger) and ( ) and (Andre) Agassi all played.”
Arlington duo wins —duo of Sean and Mark , a combination of singles players in the regular season, advanced to the semi-finals of the Section 1 tournament.
Gorwara and Cukaj earned a victory over a team from Horace Greeley in the first round, 6-2, 6-4.
Arlington coach Gail Lynch said her duo showed noticeable improvement in its first-round match.
“Now that they’re here in the section, they’ve really got something to play for,” she said.
The two will play Thursday at Harrison High School.