The Winthrop High boys tennis team won two matches in convincing fashion to raise their record to 3-2 on the season. Coach Barbara Hoffmanâ€™s squad defeated St. Maryâ€™s of Lynn 4-1 and then shut out Gloucester 5-0.
In the match with St. Maryâ€™s, all three Viking singles players cruised to victories in straight sets.. Alex Hamilton at first singles defeated his counterpart, 6-4, 6-0. Brendan FitzPatrick shut out his opponent at second singles 6-0, 6-0, as did Jake Rand at third singles 6-0, 6-0.
In the doubles contests, the first doubles duo of Tyler Norris and Patrick Brogan lost a close match, 6-1, 1-6, 6-7, while the second doubles tandem of Ryan McKinnon and Connor Brugman won 6-1, 6-2.
The shutout victory over Gloucester saw Winthrop lose just one set in the entire match. Hamilton was a 6-4, 6-0 winner; FitzPatrick won 6-1, 6-3; and Rand triumphed 6-2, 6-0.
The first doubles team of Norris and Stephen Ruggiero won 3-6, 6-2, and in lieu of a third set they won a tiebreaker, 7-4. McKinnon and Brugman took care of business at second doubles, 6-0, 6-1.
The week before the Vikings dropped a close match with Peabody by a 3-2 margin. Hamilton lost 6-7, 7-5, 6-7 at first singles in a grueling match. â€œThis by far was Alexâ€™s longest and closest match this year, with both the first and third sets going into tiebreakers,â€ noted Hoffmann.
FitzPatrick also dropped a three set match, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6. â€œThis also was a very close match,â€ noted Hoffmann. Rand handily defeated his foe at third singles, 6-0, 6-1.
The first doubles team of Norris and Brogan lost 4-6, 6-7 in another hotly contested match, while the tandem of McKinnon and Brugman won again, 6-2, 6-3.
Two days later the Vikings took on perennial NEC powerhouse Marblehead. Although Winthrop was shut out, Hoffmann was pleased with her teamâ€™s effort. â€œMarblehead almost invariably win with scores like this,â€ said the coach. â€œHowever, if you look at the actual match scores, I was incredibly proud of how well the boys did. Brendan at second singles and the second doubles team went to three sets. Brendan really gave the Marblehead player a run for the his money; and the second doubles team really turned it around for their second set.â€
The final line score showed Alex Hamilton falling by a score of 2-6, 1-6; FitzPatrick on the short end of a 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 decision; Rand by a margin of 1-6, 1-6; the first doubles of Norris and Ruggiero, 2-6, 1-6; and the second doubles of McKinnon and Brugman, 1-6, 6-2, 1-6.
â€œSo far the season is looking good, with two 5-0 victories already, and one of the losses to a team like Marblehead and even that was not the easy win that Marblehead might have had against us in the past,â€ said Hoffman, whose squad hosted Saugus yesterday (Wednesday).
The boys will host the Revere Patriots on Monday and host the Beverly Panthers next Wednesday.