By Jean LeBlanc
The Berlin boys' tennis team got some strong play from senior Noah Dumas against Profile, helping the Mountaineers snap a two-game skid and defeat the Patriots, 5-4, in Bethlehem. Berlin improved to 2-2 on the season, while the Patriots lost for just the second time in five games this spring.
Berlin hosted Interlakes Regional high school last week and fell to the Lakers 2-7 in their first home game of the season. In singles action, Berlin's Dumas was shut out 0-8 by Noah Sullivan; second-seeded Matt Landry lost 2-8 to Gable Busby; Mountie Thomas Cole fell 2-8 to Jake Borsh; Kayden Dube was shut out by Laker Nate Sulllivan, Berlin's Jonah Tupick was defeated by Sam Noe, 1-8; while Berlin's Ryley Cote was an 8-4 winner over Stephen Bean.
"It was a beautiful day for tennis and the team was excited for our first home match of the season," said head coach Christine Boulanger. "Ryley Cote put up a great fight at six singles and was able to win his individual match. Following in doubles, Ryley and Jonah were able to get another point for the team. While the score does not show it, Noah put up a great fight at first singles against Inter-Lakes. We look forward to our next match on Wednesday at Profile."
At Profile, the Patriots were without their sixth seed and had to forfeit one game in singles and one in doubles action.
Senior Noah Dumas got things off on the right foot with an 8-5 win over Seamus Slattery. Berlin's Matt Landry fell, 2-8, to Jake Peterson; Thomas Cole lost, 2-8, to Connor Kerivan; Kayden Dube dropped a 1-8 decision to Sasha Streich; Jonah Tupick was an 8-4 winner over Danforth Kenerson and with the forfeit the match was tied, 3-3.
In doubles, Dumas and Landry won 9-8 in a 8-6 tie-breaker over Slattery and Peterson, Cole and Tupick were shut out by Profile's Kerivan and Strich, and the Patriots forfeited the third doubles match for the 5-4 Mountaineer victory.