Thursday, the Kearsarge Cougars boys tennis team faced off against the Inter-Lakes Lakers for the semi-finals of the division three state tennis tournament.
On a scorching hot afternoon, the third ranked Cougars faced off against the seventh ranked Lakers. As Kearsarge and Inter-Lakes head coaches would tell you, the Lakers played a much tougher schedule than Kearsarge so the playoff rankings didn’t accurately portray each team’s abilities.
After the first hour of play, Inter-Lakes had won four of six singles matches to nearly seal the victory but seniors Jack Van Etten and Sam Williamson weren’t ready to throw in the towel as they fought long and hard to keep the Cougars’ hopes of moving on to the finals alive. Both matches would be decided by heart pounding tie breakers.
Sam Williamson was able to fight for his team despite obvious fatigue as he would go on to win the match 9-8 and 7 to 5 in the tiebreaker for Kearsarge’s first win of the day. Overall score was now 4 to 1. Kearsarge would have to win every match in order to keep their season alive.
Jack Van Etten did the best he could to pull out a tiebreaker victory but unfortunately he came up just short losing 9-8 and 7 to 5 in the tiebreaker.
This loss eliminated the Cougars from the playoffs and ended their season. Despite losing early, the Cougars held their heads high as they tried to represent their school with pride going into doubles play.
Williamson and Sam Bourcier were able to pull out Kearsarge’s second victory of the day at third ranked doubles 8 to 4. Final score: Inter-Lakes 7, Kearsarge 2. Cougars head coach Lynn Miller wrapped up her first season with Kearsarge as she was able to lead them to the playoffs for the first time in five years. The Cougars have four starters returning next year and hope to be right back in the mix.
Inter-Lakes moves on to the state finals against Gilford on Tuesday at the Derryfield School at 4pm.