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Northwestern ends Lewis Mills boys tennis streak at 28

POSTED May 02, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn

Northwestern ends Lewis Mills boys tennis streak at 28
Northwestern 3, Lewis Mills 2

The Lewis Mills boys tennis team played great tennis, but was outplayed by an athletic Northwestern team that was determined to play the role of spoiler.  I could not think of a more deserving team, Northwestern, or coach, Mitch Case, to defeat us and snap our 28-match win streak.  

Being a tennis product from Northwestern, my Alma Mater, it seems a fitting end to this unbelievable streak our team has achieved.  Although I would love to have kept the streak alive, there will be a bit less pressure on the team to maintain that big 0 in the loss column.  I am proud of the tennis I saw today and Mills should not focus on the loss, but how we brought out the best in Northwestern as well as ourselves.

Individual Results
#1 Singles: Trevor Robinson (Mills) defeated Zak Phillips (Northwestern): 6-2, 6-1
Trevor served well and hit his topspin ground strokes consistently, which Zak had a hard time returning.
#2 Singles: Holden Robinson (Mills) defeated  Brandon Casey (Northwestern): 6-0, 6-1
I enjoyed watching Holden and Brandon play, since these two young men show heart and hustle on the court.  Holden was able to win by being patient and playing the point out, waiting for his opportunity to hit a winner.

#3 Singles: Bill Bentley (Mills) lost to Jakrin Lanphouthacoul (Northwestern) 4-6, 6-1, 8-10
A lot of credit needs to be given to Jakrin for giving Bill his first loss of the season.  Jakrin moved incredibly well, played consistent, and hit some great angle shots.  Bill should be proud of how he bounced back after the 1st set loss and really asserted himself in the second set.  He will get the opportunity for a rematch on Monday.
#1 Doubles: Sinclair Bush and Jake Perfetto  (Mills) lost to  Dylan Achee and Alec Royer (Northwestern): 6-1, 6-2
This was hands down this is the best match I have seen the Mills first doubles play.  Both teams made some fantastic shots and I know Sinclair and Jake are itching for the rematch.  To both teams , thanks for matching this a competitive match to watch.

#2 Doubles: Jeff Molgano and Sam Flower  (Mills) lost to Michael Carter and Jordan Scherling (Northwestern): 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 10-12
Sam was playing his first varsity debut and he handled the pressure like a true varsity doubles player by attacking the net.  Sam has earned this chance to play at this level and did not disappoint, I am excited to see how he will continue to develop.  Jeff did not play with his normal doubles partner, but handled the transition well.  

This puts us at 9-1 for the season and is our first lost since the 2010-2011 season.  I want my players to know how proud I am to be a part of this special run and experience, let us hold our heads high and learn from this loss.  Let us take this loss as an opportunity to stay motivated and focused, to truly earn our wins.  We have a tough stretch coming up in the next 2 weeks with real contenders from the Berkshire League (Northwestern, Housatonic Shepaug) a fantastic non-league rivalry with NVL frontrunner Woodland (next week).  I have faith in this team to grow and use this opportunity to stay in the hunt for the Berkshire League Title!
This was a tough match and we will look forward to the quick turn around time for the rematch, which is scheduled for Monday, 5/6.  Next up is a match against Nonnewaug scheduled for tomorrow.  We now are in a tie with Shepaug for 1st place in the Berkshire League, looks like the end of the season is going to be an interesting one!
Lewis Mills 3, Nonnewaug 2
The team bounced back from their loss against Northwestern with a 3-2 win over an improved Nonnewaug team.  We previously beat Nonnewaug 4-2 in our 3rd match of the season, but this match did not come so easily and ended up being decided by the last match of the day, Trevor Robinson and Ed Moore at first singles.
Individual Results

#1 Singles: Trevor Robinson (Mills) defeated Ed Moore (Nonnewaug): 6-4, 6-3
Trevor and Ed played well against each other and had many good rallies.  Trevor had a bit of trouble finding his timing and rhythm since the courts seemed a bit slower than what he is used to, but in the end Trevor made minor adjustments to his stroke and timing to close out a straight set win.  

#2 Singles: Holden Robinson (Mills) defeated Baron Strasburger (Nonnewaug): 6-0, 6-1
Holden was up to his usual game of moving his opponent, Baron, around the court and waiting for the opportunity to hit an aggressive shot.  Baron moved well and got to many of Holden's shots, but could not get the upper hand.

#3 Singles: Bill Bentley (Mills) defeated Sam Kaelin (Nonnewaug): 6-1, 6-2
Bill served and hit his forehands very aggressively, but with consistency, which earned him an easy victory over Sam.  It seemed Bill played his game today to really keep Sam from earning any easy points or games.
#1 Doubles: Sinclair Bush and Jake Perfetto (Mills) lost to Pepper Dominello and Anson Morgan (Nonnewaug): 3-6, 4-6
Pepper and Anson jumped out to a quick start over Jake and Sinclair, with a 5-2 lead.  After losing the first set, Sinclair and Jake adjusted their game and made the second set a close match with it tied at 4-4.  The Nonewaug team was able to close out straight set wins largely due to Pepper's movement and aggressiveness at the net.  I enjoy watching Sinclair and Jake, since they always look like they are enjoying the game.

#2 Doubles:  Jeff Molgano and Eric Jameson (Mills) lost to Zach Matta and Evan Tyler (Nonnewaug): 6-1, 3-6, 3-10
Jeff and Eric jumped to a quick start winning the first set easily, 6-1.   This was largely due to their ability to move to the ball and at net with few unforced errors.  The Nonnewaug team came back and played a lot more focused and took the second set and 10 point tie break.  We seemed to lose a bit of focus and intensity as the match went on, which you need to close out a match.
This puts us at 10-1 for the season. Next up is a match against Wamogo, home, on Friday, 5/3. Another beautiful day today and another win to gear us up for a tough stretch over the next  6 matches/2 weeks.  We cannot overlook Wamogo who we beat 3-2 in a close match.

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