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High Schools: Bow boys' tennis team rolls to second straight win

  • Bow's Tim Bradley returns the ball in the number two match against Pelham on Wednesday afternoon, April 9, 2014 at Bow High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES/Monitor staff)

    Bow's Tim Bradley returns the ball in the number two match against Pelham on Wednesday afternoon, April 9, 2014 at Bow High School.

    (ANDREA MORALES/Monitor staff)

  • Bow's Nathan Louf prepares to serve the ball in the number three match against Pelham on Wednesday afternoon, April 9, 2014 at Bow High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES/Monitor staff)

    Bow's Nathan Louf prepares to serve the ball in the number three match against Pelham on Wednesday afternoon, April 9, 2014 at Bow High School.

    (ANDREA MORALES/Monitor staff)

  • Bow's Tim Bradley returns the ball in the number two match against Pelham on Wednesday afternoon, April 9, 2014 at Bow High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES/Monitor staff)
  • Bow's Nathan Louf prepares to serve the ball in the number three match against Pelham on Wednesday afternoon, April 9, 2014 at Bow High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES/Monitor staff)

Like most teams around the state, the Bow boys’ tennis team did not get much court time before the season started on Monday. The Falcons, however, aren’t showing it.

Bow improved to 2-0 yesterday with its second 8-1 win, this one coming at home against Pelham (1-1). The Falcons were missing their No. 3 player, Ben Maurer, and still claimed three of their five singles wins by 8-0 scores and posted a fourth 8-0 in doubles play.

It’s a great start, but there are high standards at Bow, which has reached the Division III finals each of the last three years.

“We’ve been talking about how much work we still have to do. The doubles combinations aren’t set yet and there are still challenge matches to be played,” Falcons Coach Drew Groves said. “But I’m really excited about this team.”

That excitement, and Bow’s ladder, starts with Zach Zbehlik. The senior recorded his second 8-0 win in two matches, yesterday’s bagel coming against Pelham’s Chris Day.

“Zach has really started the season strong,” Groves said. “He’s got some good consistency to his game right now.”

Senior Nathan Louf moved up from No. 4 to claim an 8-2 win at third singles. He and Zbehlik also teamed for an 8-3 win at first doubles.

“Both of them really enjoy getting to net, they’re aggressive players, so they’re a good doubles pair,” Groves said.

No. 4 Jacob Huppe and No. 5 Dave Anderson-Nelson both recorded 8-0 singles decisions (it was the second 8-0 win of the season for Anderson-Nelson). And Harrison Buck earned an 8-3 win at No. 6 in his first varsity singles match.

“I feel good about the strength down there at the bottom of the ladder,” Groves said. “We’ve got a lot of kids competing for those spots.”

Tim Bradley and Huppe teamed for an 8-6 win at second doubles for Bow, while Anderson-Nelson and John Gibbens combined for an 8-0 result at third doubles.

The Falcons return to action Tuesday when they host Kearsarge.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Concord 8, manchester central 1

The Crimson Tide improved to 2-0 with the win in Manchester.

“We still have a long way to go,” Concord Coach Dave Page said, “but we were much improved today compared to our opening match, and that’s an encouraging sign.”

Page was especially pleased with No. 2 Evan Hewey, who earned an 8-4 win against Max Larocque and “played a strong tactical match to beat a player who defeated him soundly last year.” No. 5 Liam Healy also impressed by coming back from 5-6 down to claim an 8-6 win.

The Tide’s other singles wins came from No. 1 Justin Toler (8-3), No. 3 Josh Pifer (8-1) and No. 4 Thomas Bengtson (8-1). Toler and Bengtson teamed for an 8-5 win at first doubles, Hewey and Adi Gandhi recorded a 9-7 result at second doubles, and Pifery and Healy claimed an 8-3 win at third doubles.

Coe-Brown 5, St. Thomas 4

Sophomore Jared Carlson overcame illness to claim a marathon 8-6 win at No. 5 singles to clinch the season-opening win for the Bears.

Coe-Brown’s Garrett Kunz won 8-2 at No. 3 singles and then claimed an 8-4 win at first doubles with Alex Wimsatt. The Bears also got wins from No. 6 Connor Bell (8-5) and the third doubles team of Brian Gordon and Jeremy Fenerty (8-1).

GIRLS’ TENNIS

St. THOMAS 5, Coe-brown 4

The Bears opened the season with a loss, falling in a hard-fought match to St. Thomas (1-0).

Coe-Brown’s singles wins came from No. 3 Sophie Wensberg, 9-7, and No. 4 Hailey Serino, 8-4.

The second doubles team of Emily Blad and Serino won 8-3, and Jessica Miles and Holly Roman earned an 8-4 at third doubles.

Bow 6, Pelham 3

The Falcons improved to 2-0 with the road win.

No. 1 Laura Zbehlik won 8-5, No. 4 Danielle Gould won 8-2, and No. 6 Casey Day won 8-2. No. 3 Kristen Duval battled back from a 7-3 deficit to win her match, 9-7, in an impressive come-from-behind win.

The second doubles team of Gould and Duval won, 8-2, and the third doubles team of Nandita Kasireddy and Day won, 8-1.

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