Close Loss in Quarterfinals

Andover could not serve up enough points to take home victories in its last two matches of the season. In the quarterfinals of the NEITA tournament, the team fell to Dexter 4-3. Although first and second doubles fell short, the third doubles team, composed of Quinn Daly ‘13 and Tim Fulton ‘12, defeated their Dexter opponents 8-1. Playing fourth singles, Alec Buck ‘13 defeated his opponent 6-4, 7-6 (0). The two seniors on the team, Trey Jennings ‘12 and Fulton, dominated their matches, winning 6-1, 6-4 and 6-2, 6-1, respectively. Heaney and Daly could not deliver against Dexter, both losing in two swift sets. “Dexter was a very tough team with one of the strongest Top 3 in New England. My opponent gave me a lot of trouble because he hit tons of topspin on the ball, which made it difficult for me to control the point the way I wanted,” reflected Heaney. With the score at 3-3, McClintic’s match decided which team would continue in the tournament. McClintic had beaten the Dexter number one in a close match a few weeks prior. McClintic put up a fight throughout the entire match, but came up short 6-7 (3), 4-6. This past Wednesday, Andover Boys lost to Exeter 4-1, with two matches called off before they were finished. Halfway through all three doubles matches, Andover was ahead. First and second doubles lost one break and could not pull through. Number five Jennings played with Buck, who hits at number four. They battled Exeter’s number two and three, but the lopsided match-up ended in Exeter’s favor. However, the third doubles pair, Fulton and Daly, played their best tennis of the season. Once again they defeated their opponents 8-1. Heaney finished his singles match first, commanding both sets 6-3, 6-0. “[Heaney’s] iron will was obvious in his virtually flawless counterpunching against [his opponent’s] forehand; still just a Lower, James came up with a brilliant game-plan and, what is more, put it into practice against a hard-hitting, veteran PG opponent,” said Coach Gregory Wilkin. Daly played a strong game, hit with heavy topspin and smart placement, but ultimately lost 5-7, 1-6. McClintic’s and Jennings’s losses sealed the match, so Fulton and Buck were called off the courts. Both matches were in the third sets; Buck was leading 4-6, 6-2, 4-1 and Fulton was tailing 6-4, 2-6, 0-4. Despite the team’s bitter finish to the season, McClintic, Heaney, Daly and Buck are playing in the division “A” singles in the New England Prep School Individual Tournament at Choate.