Brattleboro boys beat Terriers on courts
Or so it seemed.
Following an hour's worth of brilliant shots and long rallies, an exhausted Bupp-Chickering walked off the court with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Sipowicz in Tuesday's No. 1 singles slot at Brattleboro Union High School.
It was the only win of the day for the Terriers, however, as they were defeated by the host Colonels 6-1 in the varsity boys tennis match.
"They went eyeball to eyeball," said BUHS coach Charlie La Rosa of Sipowicz and Bupp-Chickering. "It was good shot for good shot. The match was won on winning shots, not on mistakes. The rallies were long. Neither of them would give in."
It was a sea of purple on the courts, with players from both teams wearing the same colored shirts. The Colonels won by forfeit in the two doubles matches and cruised to victory in singles matches 2-5.
At second singles, Alex Shuey simply overpowered BF's Poe Terena. Shuey continually smashed serves for aces and drove forehands down the lines, prevailing 6-0, 6-0.
Brattleboro's Jonah Petrie and Jack Spanierman also won in straight sets.
"Jonah played very well. It was his first singles win and it's good for him to have that under his belt," stated coach La Rosa, whose team improved to 1-1 on the season. "It was also the first singles win for Jack, who is our senior co-captain and is very determined. He is intent on improving his game."
Petrie, a big, strong lefty who moves very well, dominated against Mike Mueller at third singles with a blistering serve and all-around solid game. Spanierman was matched up against BF's Jackson Maiocco in the No. 5 spot.
In the fourth position, Rowan Kidder defeated BF's Alden Parmelee 6-0, 6-1. Kidder showed off his powerful serve, strong forehand and accurate returns.
Once those four singles matches were completed, all eyes were on the main event.
Sipowicz and Bupp-Chickering had six hits apiece during a long rally that ended when the latter's low backhand failed to clear the net.
"Good point," shouted a Brattleboro fan from a bench near the court.
And then Sipowicz charged the net on the next point, only to have his Bellows Falls opponent send a passing shot around his right side. Bupp-Chickering later scored on a drop shot to end another long rally, Sipowicz chased down a deep lob and sent it back over his head moments later, and the Terrier would show off his hops by leaping high to get to a return.
After 60 minutes of chasing, strategizing and one-upping each other, Bupp-Chickering met his opponent at the net and walked off the court with a thrilling 6-3, 6-4 victory that helped his team avoid a sweep.
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