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article in Sudbury Town Crier 4/26/12

Posted Sunday, April 29, 2012 by Matt Crowe

The Lincoln-Sudbury boys’ tennis team started off its season Wednesday, Apr. 18 against the Wayland Warriors. 

Playing first singles, senior captain Randy Goldfarb had a tough matchup with a very good Wayland freshman, Will Sharton. Goldfarb put up and admirable fight, but lost the match 1-6, 1-6. 

At second singles, sophomore Chase Levitt was up against sophomore Jon Goodman. Levitt, a first-year varsity player, did well in his season debut but lost 0-6, 1-6. Levitt is a strong player and will provide the L-S team with strong singles matches over the next three years.

Chris Kafina played third singles for the L-S Warriors, and this too was his varsity debut. Kafina played freshman year but the senior took two years off to focus on soccer before coming back to play tennis in his final spring. Kafina struggled and dropped both sets 2-6 to sophomore Ethan Hecker.

Senior captains Matt Crowe and Brendan Kieffer were the bright spot in the Warriors lineup, winning their match in the super tiebreaker 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 11-9 against co-captain seniors Jackson Hubbell and Drew Levey. They look to have a strong season playing first doubles. 

At second doubles, juniors Jon Kodera and Bryan Richman played Wayland strong, losing 5-7, 5-7. They will surely be contenders at second doubles this year.

Despite the 4-1 loss to Wayland, coach Steve Thuot was happy with the Warriors’ performance. Wayland is looking to be one of the stronger teams in the DCL this year, and the Warriors hope to bounce back strong during April break.

In their first home match of the season, the boys recorded their first victory, beating the Bedford Buccaneers 3-2, in a solid effort from all players. This win improved their record to 1-1.

At first singles, Goldfarb took care of his opponent with relative ease, winning 6-2, 6-4. At second singles, sophomore Levitt was up early in the first set, but lost 5-7, 2-6 after a charge from the Bedford number two player. 

In his first varsity match ever, junior Jonathan Pan-Doh played admirably at third singles, but lost 3-6, 3-6. 

At first doubles, seniors Crowe and Kafina had a great comeback in their match. After losing the first set 2-6, they stormed back to win the second 7-6, winning the tie breaker 7-5. In the third set the pair struggled early, and went down 5-2, with two match points for the Bedford first doubles squad. After fending off the match points they went on to win the next five games and the match, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

After the match,  Kafina said, “We dug deep to come back in that one, and Bedford played great, but we found what it took to win.”

At second doubles, juniors Richman and Kodera continued playing well and after battling in the first set, they swept the second for a 6-4, 6-0 victory.

The Warriors were excited about their first win of the season, and  Goldfarb said, “It took a great amount of effort to get this one done, but we all played hard and got on the right side of a 3-2 victory.”

In the third match of the season, the Warriors were in Weston to take on one of the stronger teams in the DCL. Coming off the win, the Warriors were confident, however, Weston outplayed them, winning 4-1.

At first singles, Goldfarb lost 3-6, 2-6, to a very strong freshman who will definitely be one of the top players in the DCL this year. 

At second singles, Levitt played a very close match, but ended up losing in a tiebreak, 4-6, 6-4, 11-13. Levitt is getting very close to his first varsity win, and he should become a very strong singles player in the league.

In his second match at third single, Pan-Doh lost 3-6, 3-6 again, but is building confidence.

At first doubles, Crowe and Kafina started strong, but fell apart in the third set and lost the match 4-6, 6-4, 0-6. Even though they lost, Weston has one of the stronger first doubles teams in the league so they were proud of how they played.

The highlight for the Warriors was at second doubles, with juniors Kodera and Richman winning the only match of the day 7-5, 7-5. It was a close match and they fought very hard to come away with their second win of the season, proving to be a very strong second doubles team.

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