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Mills brothers dominating action on the BL courts. Story by John Nestor.

POSTED May 17, 2012
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Lewis Mills first singles star Trevor Robinson prepares to his a forehand in his victory over Shepaug's Eddie Kelley. The defending Berkshire League champion, Trevor and his brother Holden have helped lead the Spartans to their first BL tennis title.

BURLINGTON - One is the defending Berkshire League champion and the other a freshman getting his first taste of varsity tennis but Trevor and Holden Robinson have more in common than a last name.

The brothers are both key members of Lewis Mills' boys tennis team and have helped lead the Spartans to the first Berkshire League title in school history.

Trevor plays first singles while Holden mans the second doubles spot for coach Patrick Linton.
The Spartans are 15-0 this season and locked up the league title with a 3-2 victory over Shepaug on Friday.
The Robinson brothers started that match off as they have every match this season - with wins for Mills.

Rain has pushed Lewis Mills' (15-0) two remaining matches to next week (at Thomaston, at Housatonic Regional) but the league title is wrapped up by virtue of its sweep of the season series with Shepaug (14-2).

"It has been nice this season, being a bit spoiled and putting those two in there at the top of the singles and always
coming out with a 2-0 lead," Linton said. "Trevor and Holden have been great for us so far this season."

Great both during matches and during practices.
There seems to be an absence of sibling rivalry and the Robinsons have settled comfortably into their roles on the team, Trevor the leader and Holden learning the ropes as a freshman but emerging as one of the team's top players.

It really couldn't be going any better for Linton.

"Trevor is one of our leaders, he'll get drills going in practice, start hitting with guys," Linton said. "Holden is quieter, but he's a freshman, but he helps make Trevor better, makes him work."

Trevor took up the game first, becoming interested and picking up a racket around the age of seven. As little brothers are known to do, Holden decided he wanted to keep up with his big brother and took up tennis too.

The result is that Linton and the Spartans have two of the top players in the BL. They are different in style but the
results are the same and they have yet to lose this season.

Trevor's the bigger hitter, older and stronger he hits with more pace and goes for more winners. Holden plays a game based on his ability to cover the court and keep points going, at least going until his opponent relents and makes a mistake.

"Trevor hits harder and I run more balls down, keep it in play," Holden said. "We have different styles but we help each other out, hitting with each other, playing each other in practice."

"I like to play someone who hits is with more pace," Trevor said. "It seems the better my opponent is, the better I play."

Both Robinsons' styles were on full display against Shepaug in the BL clincher.
Trevor figured to be in for one of the tougher matches of the season against Eddie Kelley, but instead he blitzed him 6-2, 6-1.
Holden followed suit, outlasting Kellen Rikhoff 6-4 in the first set and pulling away 6-2 in the second.

Bill Bentley then rolled to a 6-2, 6-3 triumph at third singles and the Spartans were champs.

"It's awesome, we have been working toward this all season, it was definitely one of our goals," Trevor said.

The title was certainly one goal but Linton, who played in high school at Northwestern, sees it as a building block to something bigger.
With the Robinsons and Bentley all back next season the Spartans will be in good shape to defend their title and build on it.

In his third season as coach of the Spartans, Linton feels both spoiled and that he is on to something bigger.

"I'm lucky in that I have great players and great kids," Linton said. "I have all my years here. Today we had former players, parents, friends and classmates out to support us and support our seniors. I don't just want to have a good team, but build a program and I think we are on our way to doing that. We have a tennis family here at Lewis Mills and it is growing into something great."

And who better to lead a family than a pair of brothers who a relishing the opportunity to play, and win, together.

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