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High schools: Bow girls’ tennis team bows out in semifinals

The only team to beat Bow this season did it again yesterday in the semifinals of the Division III girls’ tennis tournament. But you won’t find many Falcons hanging their heads.

Conant (15-1), the No. 2 seed, beat No. 3 Bow (14-2) by an identical 7-2 score yesterday in Jaffrey, but what wasn’t identical was the way those matches were won. This time around, the Falcons won 26 more total games, and Conant had three matches perilously close to having their outcomes reversed.

“I’m really pleased with the girls,” Bow Coach Jonsey Rainville said.

“They’re definitely the best team we’ve faced. … We have a really young team, we have just one senior and they have five, so I’m really encouraged.”

Sophomore Laura Zbehlik, part of the Falcons’ youth movement, was part of both Bow wins. She won on the first singles court, 8-1, then teamed with junior Kristen Duval for an 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles.

Three other Falcons played tight, back-and-forth matches before eventually succumbing by 8-6 scores: No. 2 Claire Mulvaney, No. 4 Danielle Gould (the lone senior), and No. 5 Nandita Kasireddy, who had lost to the same opponent 8-0 in their earlier meeting.

“It’s such a positive (season),” said Rainville, whose team returned just one starter off last year’s undefeated championship squad. “If someone had said this to me early this season that we’d finish 14-2, I’d have told them they were crazy. The girls just improved every time out. I’m just really happy with them. They’re just fighters.”

Conant will take on No. 4 Littleton (which upset previously undefeated Moultonborough, 6-3) tomorrow for the Division III title.


Mascenic 3, John Stark 0

After beating Mascenic earlier this season in four sets, the Generals (7-9) had the tables turned in their regular-season finale, falling to the Vikings (5-11), 25-23, 25-21, 25-14.

Ryan Compagna (one ace, nine kills) and Carson Dunn (10 kills) had the hot hands for Stark.

The Generals had already clinched a tournament berth and could host a match on Friday, depending on the results of a few opponents’ matches.

Salem 3, Coe-Brown 0

The Bears (0-16) fell to the first-place Blue Devils (15-1), dropping the three games 25-6, 25-11 and 26-24.

Alec Schleich had 11 digs to lead the way for Coe-Brown, while Parker Aube had three assists.

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