The Hingham High boys tennis team will advance to another MIAA South Sectional finals after defeating Scituate 5-0 on a warm afternoon Wednesday.
Junior Josh Port got his first start at No. 3 singles for the Harbormen, leaving his usual post at first doubles. After being down 2-3 in the first set to the Sailors' Harry Berton, Porter rallied to take the set 6-3. He won the match in two sets, taking the second 6-4.
“He hasn’t played singles all year, but I knew he’d find a way to win even if he wasn’t playing well," said Bob Johnson, assistant coach.
No. 1 doubles had a new look as a result of Port’s solo action. John Alessi stepped up from No 2. doubles to play with Sam Krumholz. The duo fared well, blanking the Sailors 6-0, 6-0.
Scituate’s Aaron Krell and Drew Paganetti attempted to take the No. 2 doubles match from Hingham’s Pierson Butler and Ryan Fujii, with a second set win forcing a tie breaker. But Hingham won the tiebreak 7-5.
Hingham’s consistent use of topspin on the court forced errors on Scituate.
“We practice rolling the ball at low speed,” said Johnson. “You can’t control the ball with the spin at a low spin… so when we play a [match] we have that. What we are trying to do is create margin for error [for the opponent].”
The Harbormen were playing with an altered line up due to missing two starters, but still managed to continue their run. After only having lost one match this season to Wellesley, finishing at 18-1, they are hoping for a shot at state.
“Very happy that we pulled off another South Sectional finals [appearance], especially since we are missing two of our starters,” Coach Ron Bartels said after the match. “The kids performed well today.”