The Whaler boys tennis team dominated the St. John Paul II Lions and Rising Tide Herons 5-0 in back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday to improve their record to 3-2 this season and head coach David Cheever is pleased to see his team winning the matchups they are expected to win.
“You gotta win those two and now we are 3-2,” Cheever said. “We dominated the matchups we were supposed to dominate. Now we have some time off and a lot of the kids are staying around (for April break) so we can work on the things we need to work on. The coaches are happy and this was the last time crossing the Sagamore Bridge for the season. So that is the big takeaway for us."
In Wednesday’s matchup against the Lions, the results were as followed:
Quinn Keating won his match in straight sets 6-2, 6-1
Boyan Kalpazanov won his match in straight sets 6-1, 6-0
Nik Krastev and Hunter Gross won their first doubles matchup in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. The other two matchups were forfeited by SJP due to a lack of players.
On Thursday the Whaler’s played a full team but the result was the same. Kalpazanov filled in as the top singles player for the Whalers with Quinn Keating unavailable for Thursday’s game. He won his match in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
Nik Krastev also found himself playing higher in the lineup. Normally on the first doubles pairing, Krastev had an opportunity to be the team’s second single and dominated by beating his opponent in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.
“Nik played perfectly,” Cheever said. “Absolutely perfectly. He got all of his serves in. He got a bunch of great shots. He just destroyed somebody who should have been destroyed.”
Hunter Gross and Hawkin Edwardes were the first doubles pairing and won their match 6-2, 6-2. Soren Edwardes and Sam Iller stepped into the lineup today, with Iller notably a last second addition after Aidan Sullivan injured himself in warm-ups (he will be okay, Cheever said. They won their match 6-2, 6-4.
Nantucket will have some time off before aiming to improve to 4-2 on Wednesday, April 26 at 3:30 p.m. against Sturgis West – however Cheever said that the game may be postponed due to the Nantucket Scholar presentation that same night.