Tennis - Boys' Varsity
Deerfield Academy
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Deerfield Academy
Win 6-1
A thrilling match see-sawed numerous times on a brutally cold afternoon at Deerfield. Though Taft's #1 doubles team of Horne and Rissman notched a win 8-5, Deerfield took the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3, and had us up against the ropes as the singles unfolded. Remarkably, five of the six singles matches went three sets, and Taft emerged with wins at all six singles positions. Only Dylan Powell at #1 won in straight sets, defeating a tough Auersperg 7-5 in a first set breaker, then a fine 6-2 second set to close out the match. After a focused bagel in the first set at #2, Gabe Rissman dropped the second to a resilient opponent, but Gabe refocused to take the third with big backhand passing shots and sharply angled volley putaways at net. Off his game a bit, Peter Horne dropped the first, but found a way to win the second, despite a limited shot vocabulary. More remarkable still, after a nasty fall in which he bruised his right elbow, Horne found a way to a 6-1 third set victory, buoying the hopes of his adjacent battling teammates. Chris McDermott, playing the best tennis of his career, dropped the first set 5-7, but won the second, and finished the 39-game match with a focused tie-breaker performance. At #5, Will Wang won his first set 6-2, but seemed dispirited after dropping the second 1-6, yet ground his way to a 7-5 third-set victory after his opponent took a nasty fall. The final thrill came when #6 Peter Denious bounced back from a startling 0-7 tie-breaker loss in the first set, and clawed his way back from a deep 2-5 deficit in the second set to even the match a set apiece. With darkness falling and temperatures plummeting, we decided to play a Super Breaker for the third set, and Pete took it, after long, tense rallies, 11-9. Compliments to Coach Will Speer and his team for an epic battle that could have gone either way. Taft vs. Deerfield Win/Score Singles 1. Dylan Powell (C)’18 vs. Alfi Auersperg T 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 2. Gabe Rissman ’19 vs. Matthew Wuyan T 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 3. Peter Horne (C) ’18 vs. Gideon Yektai T 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 4. Chris McDermott ’18 vs. Deepak Pathapati T 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) 5. Will Wang ’19 vs. Cosmo Hunt T 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 6. Peter Denious ’20 vs. Arthur Yao T 6-7 (0-7), 7-5, 11-9 Exhibition Singles 7. Isaac Lennon vs. Achille Sarachek D 8-2 Doubles 1. Horne/Rissman vs. Auersperg/Wuyan T 8-5 2. Powell/Lennon vs. Yektai/Hunt D 8-3 3. McDermott/Denious vs. Pathapati/Ad. Yau D 8-6 Exhibition Doubles 4. Li/Escallon vs. Ar. Yau/Otto-Benstan D 8-3