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Perfect week keeps Gilford boys' tennis on the rise

Gilford senior Curt Chapin returns a shot during his 8-0 win at number one singles against Littleton on May 6. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
May 09, 2011
GILFORD – Since dropping the season-opening match to Kearsarge, the Gilford High School boys' tennis team has been on an absolute tear, as the Eagles won all three matches played last week and entered this week on a six-match winning streak.

"It was a good week for the team," said GHS coach Terry Wilson. "The boys are hitting the ball well and playing very smart."

Things got off to a good start on May 2, as Gilford swept a tough Berlin team in a 9-0 home win.

Curt Chapin led the way with an 8-3 win at number one singles, while Andrew Kwist was right behind at number with an impressive 8-2 victory.

While Stefan Defregger was an easy 8-0 winner at number four, the remaining three singles players had to earn their wins against Berlin. Parker Raus was pushed before responding with an 8-5 win at number three while Michael Workman claimed a hard-fought 8-6 victory at number five. The match of the day came at number six however, as Max Fisher barely avoided a tiebreaker and came away victorious, 9-7.

With the match sewn up entering doubles, Chapin and Kwist were 8-2 winners at number one. Raus and Defregger took care of business with an 8-1 victory at number while the third doubles tandem of Tyler Caulfield and James Curtis won their match, 8-4, to complete the sweep.

On the road at Lakes Region foe Moultonboro Academy, the Eagles had little trouble in earning another 9-0 sweep on May 5.

The singles' unit dropped a total of 10 games against the Panthers, as Kwist, Raus and Defregger all captured 8-1 wins. Workman and Fisher were victorious via 8-2 scores while Chapin had the longest singles match of the day, claiming an 8-3 win at number one.

Chapin and Kwist again won at first doubles, as their 8-1 win led the way. The team of Defregger and Tyler Caulfield won 8-4 at number two while Workman and Fisher also scored an 8-4 win to close it out.

The week came to a close with yet another 9-0 win on May 6, as the Golden Eagles hosted Littleton and were able to get a variety of different players into the doubles lineup.

Chapin cruised to an easy win at number one singles, blanking his opponent 8-0 to become the first player off the court. Chapin had his full repertoire of shots on display, as he moved around the court well and kept his opponent off balance with several timely placed lobs.

Kwist survived a marathon second game to breeze to an 8-1 win at number two while Raus (8-2) and Defregger (8-1) were also easy winners at three and four. Workman and Fisher came on and wasted little time in clinching the match, as the pair was 8-0 winners.

After a successful week, all six starters were given the doubles matches off, allowing several other Gilford players on the court. Caulfield and Curtis won a tight 8-6 match at number while the tandem of Matt Saulnier and Alex Simoneau captured an 8-2 win at number two. Hendrik Lindemann and Bryce Quigley capped off the perfect day for the Eagles, as they worked hard to win at number three, 8-6.

Gilford did have a doubleheader at Profile postponed due to weather during the week, and that match will be played May 17. The Eagles are slated to play Littleton at home this afternoon before matches with Prospect Mountain (May 16) and Berlin (May 18) close out the regular season.

The squad has shot up the Division III standings, as they stood in a fourth-place tie with Kearsarge entering this week at 6-1 overall. Profile and Bow stand atop the rankings while Wilton-Lyndeborough sits third. The top four teams qualify for the Division III postseason.

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