Nobles Nabs Andover;End of Long Winning Streak

Andover Boys Tennis snapped its 18-match winning streak, dating back to the end of the 2010 season, against Nobles with an 8-5 loss on Friday.

Quinn Daly ’13 was the lone highlight of the match, easily taking both his sets 6-0 and 6-2. He was the only Andover player to take both sets.

“I was very focused on Friday against Nobles, and going into the match, we knew it was going to be difficult, so I just concentrated on my own game and pulled through,” said Daly.

Last year, the team beat Nobles in a fiercely competitive match, so it was expecting another hard-hitting fight this season as well.

Captain Alasdair McClintic ’13 said, “Nobles is undoubtedly a tough competitor. We were able to get the win last year, but this year we weren’t as lucky.”

Andover’s players had strong first sets and looked as if they could pull out the win overall in the beginning in the match, but Nobles fought back and managed to wrestle the victory.

At number three singles, Malachi Price ’13 also took a lead 6-3, but his opponent switched up his game enough to snag the second 4-6. Price played through an impressive match even though his back was once again causing pain.

Despite having an injured finger, McClintic also managed to split sets 6-2 and 4-6.

James Heaney ’14 played a strong first set 6-4 at number 2 singles, but could not hold on to the second set, losing 3-6.

Alec Buck ’13 could not pull his game together against a very talented opponent. He lost his match 6-0, 6-2.

“I made my opponent work for every point, but in the end he was too good and hit smart shots,” said Buck.

With Trey Jennings ’12 away, James Robertson ’14 stepped up from Varsity B again to play sixth singles and third doubles.

After losing the first set 1-6 in singles, Robertson picked up his game in the second and forced a tiebreaker, but he eventually lost 5-7.

Before first doubles even began its match, the second doubles team from Nobles overpowered Andover’s team of Daly and Price by a score of 2-8. This final victory was enough for Nobles to take home the win.

Heaney said, “Our loss to Nobles was disappointing. A lot of us had leads in our matches but couldn’t capitalize on them. Our next few matches will be challenging so we need to be better mentally prepared.”

The team, with its 4-1 record, will face Roxbury Latin today.