The Winthrop High boys tennis team was frustrated this past week both by Mother Nature, which rained out their match with Swampscott, and by Salem, which handed the Vikings a 4-1 defeat Tuesday.
The Vikings had pulled out a close victory against Salem last week in a dramatic contest, but Salem prevailed the second time around in another hard fought affair in which many of the sets went to a tie break.
Jake Rand at first singles provided Winthrop with its only victory with a 6-4, 6-0 triumph. “That was a big win for Jake in the second set after a close first set,” noted WHS head coach Barbara Hoffman.
Ryan McKinnon faced the same opponent he beat last week in a close match at second singles and had another close match today, but unfortunately was not able to pull through. Ryan lost the first set, won the second, and then played a tie break in the third set in which he fell short.
Third singles Tom Lund also lost in a very close match, losing the first set 7-5 and then battling hard in the second set before falling by a 6-3 score.
At first doubles, the duo of Jake McKinnon and Luke Hodgkins also played a tight match, losing 5-7, 6-7 (the second set went to a close tie break which they lost 6-8). At second doubles, Adam Holden and Mike Psomos fell in two sets.
Hoffmann and her squad are set to host Lynn Classical Friday and play at Lynn English Monday.