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Marblehead @ BC High
April 11, 2015
Marblehead traveled to Bostonon Friday to play their season opener against perennial state champ, BC High, which won the match 5-0 though all five matches were competitive.
Senior quad-captain Dimitri Vlassov shot off to a fast start with a 3-0 lead in 1st singles before his opponent, Bailey Ward, took the match 6-4,6-4. Vlassov's forceful groundstrokes combined with his ability to force the action by approaching the net made for a very competitive match.
Senior quad-captain Griffin Butterfield played a strong first set with only one service break determining the win in favor of Justin McGaffigan, 6-3, who took the second set of 6-1.
Senior quad-captain Michael Forte played a tough opponent in Sam Lahort, who won 6-1, 6-1, though Forte fought hard and had about 5 games that went to deuce.
Sophomores Justin Faia and Garrett Tully played a good doubles match against Michael Bridgeman and Aidan Dale, who won 6-3, 6-2. Senior quad-captain Corey Stein and Sophomore Felix Litvak had a very competitive first set losing only by a score of 7-5 to Joseph Hannigan and Brian Hannigan. The second set was 6-1.
Marblehead Coach Elisabeth Foukal saw a lot of positives in this first match with some good doubles play, good communication and supportive play, and great effort from the singles players.