The BPTL season got underway on Sunday, June 14th featuring Bully Boy v. Cape and Island Tennis. 2 singles and 2 doubles matches were held on the HarTru courts at Dedham Country & Polo Club. We had a beautiful day in the high 70’s. There were a lot of empty chairs as players arrived and began warming up but the membership and their guests came away from the golf course and the pool scene and there were around 80 fans in attendance for player introductions and the start of the matches. The players put on a great show.
At #2 Doubles were the big serving duo of Will Willis (U. Richmond) and Arvid von Taube (Luther College) v. BPTL veteran Alex Wong (Wesleyan, Woodland GC & Vasser) and newcomer Josh Styles (Kenyon). The first set went to a tie-break with the C&I team of Wong/Styles prevailing after almost an hour. They poured it on in the second and left the court with a 7-6, (7-4), 6-2 win. 1-0 C&I.
The #2 Singles match featured Derrick Angle (Middlebury College) and Matthew Scott (Notre Dame). Matt rekindled his Fighting Irish spirit and got Bully Boy on the board with a 6-2, 6-0 win. The match was tied 1-1.
Down on court 2, the #2 doubles match had also finished. Josh Goldstein and Andy Gauthier (Cornell, 2009 and 2011 respectively) took on Matt Kuhar (Bryant) and Evan Ambrose (Colgate, DCPC home court advantage). Strong serving all the way around made breaks hard to come by but Kuhar unleashed a few backhands toward the end of the first set and the Bully Boy team was able to keep that momentum for a 6-3, 6-2 victory. 2-1 Bully Boy.
The premier match of the afternoon featured Harshana Godamanna (Sri Lankan Davis Cup Team, Sportsmans) and Gregory Hirshman (Stanford University). Greg used heavy, high-looping groundies to keep Harshanna off the offensive early. Harshanna countered with drop-shot after drop-shot, mixed in some rushes to the net, and even showed off the rarely seen overhead-off-the-bounce from behind the baseline. Hirshman was able to track everything down. He prevailed in the first set and took the early lead in the second. Harshanna fought back to take a grueling 2nd set. Prior to the event it was decided that full 2 out of 3 set matches would be played. The battle had taken its toll on Greg’s back and shortly into the 3rd set he had to withdraw. Cape and Island 2, Bully Boy 2.
Calculators were brought out and a team of accountants gathered for an independent audit of the results. In the end it was Team Bully Boy defeating Team Cape and Island by a count of 42 games to 36.
A great start to the season. Many thanks to the players for their efforts and good sportsmanship.
The next match is at 3:00 at Hingham Tennis Club on 6/28 where PerformanceXtra (Captain- Alejandro Andres) will take on MatchOn (Captain- Sam Bitetti).