“I actually lost my first two against AB even though the team won, so today I came in and really wanted to win.”
But for assistant coach Pam Durniak, beating AB (11-5) and advancing to the semi-finals is not the end, but another leg of the journey.
“It’s back to business tomorrow,” Durniak said of the team’s mindset going forward. “We will continue to work on the same things and keep the same positive attitude.
For the 15-0 Warriors, keeping a positive attitude throughout the game is paramount, a constant for coach Danielle Orgles-Monteith, who was unable to attend Monday’s game.
“The only thing [Orgles-Monteith] the stress is to always be positive,” Swire said. “It’s to not put ourselves down and stay focused on our own games.”
Before Swire’s victory at No. 1, his sister, Lia, a rookie, prevailed in the third single 6-0, 6-0 to earn the first point of the match. Then Ella Chase won on second singles, 6-2, 6-3.
Five minutes later, the tandem of Carly Heslop and Arianna Xie clinched victory with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the first double.
Going forward, the No. 1-ranked Warriors are ready to prove themselves and show the state why they got the top seed.
“I’m so motivated right now,” Swire said. “I’m ready to represent in the semi-finals and it’s going to be special.”
State Division 4
Wareham 4, Cohasset 1 – The Vikings had bounced back and been knocked out of the tournament twice in a row against Cohasset. The Vikings weren’t going to let this happen a third time.
After falling 3-2 in the 2021 Division 3 South semi-finals and by the same scoreline in the 2019 quarter-finals, the second-seeded Vikings secured a 4-1 victory in the quarter-finals of the Division 4. The Vikings (24-0) advance to the semi-finals for the first time in program history and will face number 6 Manchester-Essex on Wednesday (TBD).
“The kids exceeded my expectations,” said Wareham coach Geoff Swett. “To say I’m proud of them would be an understatement.
Senior Julianna L’Homme avenged her third singles loss last season, winning 6-2, 6-3. Left-hander L’Homme controlled the match with her precise serve.
“Over the course of the season, his serve has improved tremendously,” Swett said. “She has an exceptional topspin backhand. You don’t see that very often in high school tennis. She punches him confidently.
Senior Brooklyn Bindas won 6-0, 6-2 in the first singles. Undefeated for the season, Bindas has not lost more than three games throughout the season.
“Domination doesn’t begin to describe it,” Swett said.
Division 2 State
Mascotomet 4, Westwood 1 – With a singles sweep, fourth-seeded Masco (18-0) earned his first trip to the semis and a match against top-seeded Scituate following their quarter-final win.
Junior Kendall Skulley, playing with a measured approach, won 6-1, 6-0 in the first single. His sister, Teagan, a freshman, won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2.
“Teagan is extremely powerful and tall,” Masconomet coach Kathy Chen Farnham said. “She has a killer serve and when it’s on it’s so powerful. She has a solid game, plays deep and can move from corner to corner.
“They’re very exciting, stable at the top,” said Chen Farnham of the Skulley sisters. “They get the job done and there’s no drama – that’s great leadership.”
Junior Nina Klink won 6-0, 6-1 in third singles, incorporating a flurry of shots from deep to control the game.
“When people look at Nina, they think she might be number one,” Chen Farnham said. “It’s the strongest team Masconomet has ever had. We’ve never had a team with so much talent.
Lynnfield 5, West Bridgewater 0 – With a strong singles finish, the second-seeded Pioneers beat West Bridgewater 5-0 in the quarter-finals, earning a trip to Wednesday’s semi-final against Cohasset.
“My three singles players were behind in their matches at the very start,” Lynnfield coach Joe Dunn said. “They needed to play at the highest level to beat these guys and they did.”
Senior co-captain Harrison Luba battled to a 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) win and on second singles, student second Dan Levin crossed after a rocky start to claim a 6- 4, 6-0.
Rookie Shea McCarthy used strong baseline play to translate into aggressive volleys at net, earning a 7-5, 6-4 win in third singles.
“Shea had one of the best games he’s ever had,” Dunn said. “He returned serves, went to the net and passed it. He played aggressive tennis, I’m really proud of his performance.
Division 2 State
Mascotomet 13, Scituate 10 — Emerson Clark topped 100 goals to lead the No.8 Masconomet (17-6) to a second-round victory over the visiting No.9 Sailors. Maggie Sturgis also contributed two goals and two assists.
Division 4 State
Nantucket 9, Ipswich 4 — Sophomore Bailey Lower had four goals and three assists to lead the fourth-seeded Whalers (19-4) to their first quarterfinal victory in program history against the visiting No. 5 Tigers. Emerson Pekarcik also scored three goals.
“It was a complete team effort,” Nantucket coach Jami Lower said. “They recognize the opportunity they have to make program history – and have done so.”
Nantucket will face the winner of Wednesday’s Manchester Essex/Mount Greylock game in the semi-finals later this week.
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