Quinn Daly ’13 proved quintessential to the team as Andover Tennis scraped together a win against Choate this weekend 4-3.
Andover’s number one doubles team, Captain Alasdair McClintic ’13 and James Heaney ’14, quickly beat its opposition 8-2.
Andover’s second and third doubles teams had more difficulty in their matches and Andover ultimately lost the doubles points.
The team needed to win at least four of the six singles matches in order to take home the victory.
“We came in focused and ready to beat Choate, but once we lost two of the three doubles matches, we realized that we needed to amp up our game in order to take the majority of the singles matches,” said Alec Buck ’13.
Playing a number four, Buck cruised through his match and did not give up a single game. At numbers one and two, respectively, McClintic and Heaney had to fight harder for their victories. Both players waited for the opportune moment to put the ball away and were successful. McClintic settled the match at 6-2, 7-6 (2) and Heaney brought up his level of play by the second set for a score of 7-5, 6-1.
“James [Heaney] and I both had tough matches but came through with consistent play,” said McClintic.
With Malachi Price ’13 out for the season, Tim Fulton ’12 has stepped up from Varsity B. Both he and Trey Jennings ‘12 lost tight matches.
With the score at 3-3, Daly won the deciding match. He pulled through a tough three-setter to seal the victory 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
“I got off to a slow start in the first set and then calmed down for the second set. Once we got to the third, we were both pretty gassed, but I managed to outlast him [my opponent],” said Daly.
Coach Gregory Wilkin said, “Fighting back courageously, Quinn [Daly] turned the tide and wore down [his Choate opponent] with play that was at once steady and aggressive.”
Heaney said, “Winning against Choate was really satisfying. They had a pretty good record [7-3] going in, so we knew it would be tough. I don’t think we were at our best, but we did enough to come through in the end.”
The team is now gearing up for the New England tournament this weekend. It won last year, and feels optimistc about its chances of defending its title.
Jennings said, “I’m really excited to play in the tournament. I think all we can do is try to play our hardest and hopefully that’ll be enough. No matter what, it should be fun.”
McClintic said, “This was an important match as now we have a better chance of making it to the New England tournament next weekend.”