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Laker boys win three of first four

Noah Sullivan has had a great start to this tennis season, and Inter-Lakes coach Bill West thinks he is one of the best tennis players in the division. Bob Martin. (click for larger version)
April 17, 2017
MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes High School boys' tennis team has started this season off strong with a 3-1 record losing only to rival, and defending state champion, Gilford High School.

The team traveled to White Mountains on April 10 and came away with a 6-3 win thanks to strong play by the team's top two, Noah Sullivan and Gable Busby who each won 8-0. Also winning were Nate Sullivan, Sam Noe and Stephen Bean with 8-2 scores. The doubles team of Stephen Bean and Simon Bird also won 8-4.

The Lakers traveled down the road to rival Moultonborough Academy the next day and won 8-1. Noah Sullivan again continued his dominating play with an 8-0 win. Also winning was Busby 8-1, Jake Borsh 9-8, Nate Sullivan 8-1 and Noe 8-1. The Lakers swept the doubles matchup as well.

Gilford is always a tough matchup for any team, and this time was no different as they handily defeated Inter-Lakes 8-1. The Lakers had a bright spot in Noah Sullivan again, who beat Gilford's top player Grant Workman by an 8-2 score.

The Lakers then traveled north to Berlin where they won 7-2. Noah Sullivan won 8-0, Busby won 8-2, Borsh won 8-2, Nate Sullivan won 8-0 and Noe won 8-1. The doubles pairings of Sullivan and Borsh, as well as Busby and Noe, came away with wins of 8-2 and 8-5 respectively.

Coach Bill West is happy about how the team started the season, considering how inexperienced many of the players are. He said this is the second straight year where there has been an inexperienced team, but the players have been learning quickly.

West said they have had very little time to practice due to the weather at the beginning of the season, which can be frustrating, but he said they are doing everything they can to improve.

"The three through six group are inexperienced players without any high school competition," said West. "Starting the season with an on-court tennis practice is frustrating, although the team has done pretty well."

He said, as he expected, Noah Sullivan has been a top performer for the Lakers and he expects him to continue this trend. West said Workman was probably the most difficult opponent for him, and he sees a possibility of Sullivan going undefeated on the year.

"Noah looked really good on his ground strokes," said West. "He is serving good. He has worked in his tennis game a lot this past winter and summer, and he has raised the level of his game so much. Noah has been doing a really good job this season. He's really good."

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