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Successful week all around for MA tennis teams

Moultonboro Academy’s Matt Hayden eyes a forehand during the Panthers win over Prospect Mountain. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 16, 2011
MOULTONBORO – After opening its season with a tough schedule against some of the top teams in Division III, the Moultonboro Academy boys' tennis team saw its win total rise significantly last week, as the Panthers went 3-0 to climb up the standings at 4-6 overall.

After dispatching of Monadnock and Littleton via 8-1 scores early in the week, the Panthers closed the perfect stretch out on May 12, beating Prospect Mountain, 5-4, in Alton. MA fell to Prospect, 7-2, when the teams met on April 13.

This time around however, the Panthers got off to a nice start in singles action, with Matt Hayden winning 8-4 at number one singles over Morgan Roy. Brad Wilson followed at second singles with an 8-2 win over Jesse Brown while Jeff Litterst dropped a tough 9-8 (7-0) tiebreaker at number three.

Stephen Greenwood and Mike Wallace gave MA a 4-2 advantage after singles play, as Greenwood won 8-4 at number five and Wallace prevailed 8-1 at number six.

While MA dropped matches at first and second doubles, the duo of Greenwood and Wallace followed up their singles wins with a hard-fought 8-3 win at number three to clinch the team's third victory in a row.

The team's final three regular season matches were scheduled for this week, with all three coming on the road. The team finished the home portion of its schedule 3-3 overall.

Girls' tennis improves to 6-4 with pair of victories

After stumbling in the middle section of its schedule with losses to Inter-Lakes and Bow, the girls' tennis team went 2-1 last week to see its record stand at 6-4 overall.

The Panthers hosted Prospect Mountain on May 12 and breezed to a convincing 8-1 win.

With Prospect sending just four players to Moultonboro, MA began action with a 3-0 advantage and never looked back. Amanda Hayden was an 8-2 winner over Cassandra Russell at first singles while Kendall Graupner took care of business at number two with an 8-0 win over Fallon Rouleau. Madelyn Maroun rounded out the singles wins with an 8-0 shutout at number three.

In doubles play, Hayden and Graupner pulled out an 8-0 win at number one while Maroun and Lexi Welch wasted little time in picking up an 8-1 decision at number two.

The win over Prospect came a day after a road win over Kingswood, as MA traveled to North Woods Camp to earn a 7-2 victory.

Hayden earned a hard-fought, 9-8 (7-3) win in a tiebreaker over Sarah Coulter at number one singles to lead the way, while Graupner was an 8-3 winner at number two. Maroun (8-0), Welch (8-4) and Angela Yeo (8-1) captured wins at numbers 3, 5 and 6 while the doubles tandems of Maroun-Ashley Fuller (8-4) and Welch-Yeo (8-6) finished off the win at numbers two and three, respectively.

The week kicked off with a loss on the road to a tough Monadnock squad, as Graupner was the lone winner at number three (8-2) in the 8-1 team loss. All three doubles matches were competitive, with Hayden and Graupner falling 8-4 at number one, Maroun and Welch dropping an 8-6 decision at two and Fuller and Yeo losing 8-4 at three.

The regular season was schedule to come to a close with a rescheduled match at Conant this afternoon.

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