Boys’ tennis loses in state title match against Brookline

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Boys’ tennis loses in state title match against Brookline

Sophomore and third singles player Bharathan Sundar prepares to hit a backhand in the state finals match.

Sophomore and third singles player Bharathan Sundar prepares to hit a backhand in the state finals match.

Jenny Lambert

Sophomore and third singles player Bharathan Sundar prepares to hit a backhand in the state finals match.

Jenny Lambert

Jenny Lambert

Sophomore and third singles player Bharathan Sundar prepares to hit a backhand in the state finals match.

Jenny Lambert, Sports Editor

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After an outstanding season with a 19-3 record, boys’ tennis fell short to the Brookline Warriors with a 0-5 loss at the state finals at Shrewsbury High School on Wednesday, June 19.

The Warriors’ season was undefeated, and the state final was the second time they swept the Tomahawks. According to sophomore Curran Moholkar, the Tomahawks were upset about the loss, but they knew who they were up against.

“I was just a little bit nervous going in, but we knew we were playing a good team,” Moholkar said. “We knew what Brookline was capable of, and we just wanted to have some fun. Our coach [science teacher Gerald Cushing] told us to play loose. He also told us that getting this far was a huge accomplishment, so we’re proud to have the season we had and we couldn’t have had it any other way.”

Senior captain Christain Jorgensen had the first singles match. He won the first set 6-2, but lost the others, 6-4 and 10-7. Jorgensen lost to Brookline’s Noah Schwartz. 

“We were already down 4-0 before I got off so I didn’t really feel bad about losing my own match,” Jorgensen said. “The rest of the team and I were just happy we got this far, and I was happy I went out with a bang because the guy I played beat me 6-0, 6-1 earlier in the season.”

In second singles, senior Riyan Farhat lost to Brookline’s Sam Feldman 6-2, 6-1. Then, Moholkar and senior Josh Harmon fell 6-2, 6-2 to Brookline’s Kei Ogawa and Aaron Fleishman in second doubles. 

“It’s more nerve wracking for me in doubles because I usually play singles,” Moholkar said. “But whatever my coach wanted me to do, I was going to do my best at and put it all out there.”

Senior Andy Zhao and freshman Ethan Zhang also lost in first doubles to Brookline’s Ben Moolman and Josh Fleishman, 7-5, 6-2.

Sophomore Bharathan Sundar faced Brookline’s Jayonth Davaiah in third singles. He lost the first set 6-1, but took a 4-2 lead in the second set. However, Davaiah ended up winning the set 6-4.

Although the team lost, they were proud of their accomplishments this season and hard work in this match.

“I’m really happy we made it this far,” Jorgensen said.  “Brookline is a really good team, so they definitely earned it. I’m also happy that Brookline had to earn their win yesterday, and we didn’t give them any free points. I’m really proud of our guys because we pushed ourselves really hard this season.”

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