HARWICH – Typically in high school tennis, a team's singles players are often the key to success, but in Monomoy's case, the doubles teams have been the ones to watch. That was certainly the case when the boys varsity tennis team hosted Cape Cod Academy on May 2, playing to a 3-2 victory in Cape and Islands League action.
Though a passing shower left the courts a little slick at the start of match play, the home team Sharks weren't fazed and went to work, with the second doubles team of Colin Malone and Joseph Malone clinching the overall win for Monomoy.
Though bearing similar last names, the teammates aren't related, but as head coach Doug Leonard said, the two are definitely in sync as the only undefeated duo on the Monomoy squad. In the Cape Cod Academy match, the two Malones defeated TJ Yeomans and Anthony Moring 6-3, 6-3.
Following along in the winner's circle was Monomoy's first doubles team Dan Street and Isaiah Stafford, who bested AJ Lusty and Eli Sorenti-Burns with scores of 6-4, 6-2.
Street and Stafford join Ben Rosa as team captains, with Leonard praising their dedicated leadership.
“Isaiah, Danny, and Ben keep everybody in line,” Leonard said. “They are the role models and the spirit of this team, and they keep them together. That's why it's a pleasure coaching this team, because they're growing together and becoming one team.”
Leonard said that's challenging given that tennis is such an individual sport, but that he's grateful to have Stafford as one of his captains.
“The pure leader that he is, people just gravitate towards him and follow him,” Leonard said. “He's kind of a quiet leader but he leads by example. He's such an outstanding young man. So is Danny Street. The kids follow them and they work hard.”
Leonard said his team has “vastly improved” since the start of the season and boasts a 5-5 overall record (4-5 Cape and Islands).
“We've got super singles players, and our doubles have been the mainstay for our team,” he said.
In singles action, the Seahawks' Sam Shanahan got the better of Monomoy's Troy Olson in first singles, though Olson put up a heck of a fight in the 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 match, as did David Malone in second singles against CCA's Dylan Kostovick, who won 6-1, 6-1.
Perhaps the most exciting match of the overall competition was that of Monomoy's Ben Rosa against CCA's Richard Leedham, won by Rosa 7-5, 6-1.
“Ben had a great win today,” said Leonard.
Unfortunately for the Sharks, Monday wasn't their day when they hosted Martha's Vineyard, falling 4-1. The two Malones in second doubles were the lone victors in the outing, with Colin and Joseph defeating Ben Belisle and David Krauthamer 7-5, 6-0.
“I always ask that my kids work hard and judge our team and my coaching abilities on how they do from the beginning of the season to the end of the season, and how we do the second time we face a team,” said Leonard. “We've definitely improved, though we still have a ways to go.”
At press time the team was set to face St. John Paul II, with their next match this afternoon (May 9), weather permitting, on the road against Sturgis East.
“We lost a couple close matches that could have gone either way, but hopefully we should make the playoffs,” said Leonard.