|After rolling in the first set, Julia Cancio of Concord-Carlisle endured a long second-set battle and prevailed in a tiebreaker. (Robert E. Klein For the Globe)|
C-C’s Cancio pulls through in North
Needham’s Revzin wins his 4th South singles title
Concord-Carlisle’s young talent was on display in Lexington Sunday as sophomore Julia Cancio won the North girls’ tennis singles title and the freshman team of Bella Stone and Hailey Hoffman claimed the doubles title. All three advance to the MIAA State Individual Championships June 16 in Shrewsbury.
“This is just wonderful and it’s a testament to the tenacity of these girls,’’ said Concord-Carlisle coach Bob Furey. “They just love to play tennis, and they play it well, and they love the competition. That’s what makes them good.’’
Cancio defeated Hopkinton junior Dennison LaMachia, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), in a rematch of last year’s North quarterfinals, won in three sets by LaMachia.
“It was close,’’ said Cancio, who improved to 15-0 on the season. “I think it could have gone either way again. [LaMachia] gets everything back and doesn’t miss, so it was nice to get this one.’’
Cancio cruised through the first set. However, the second set was a different story as the two went back and forth from the get-go.
LaMachia, who entered the match 14-0, began with a service break and carried the momentum to a 3-2 lead.
The two then traded breaks before Cancio took two games to go up, 5-4. In retaking the lead, Cancio won the match’s longest rally. The two went shot for shot for more than a minute before a LaMachia return found the net.
LaMachia rallied to send the set into a tiebreaker, but once again Cancio’s consistency was the difference. The sophomore took a 2-point lead at 6-4 and never let it go.
Stone and Hoffman won in straight sets, defeating Newton South’s Lauren Bamel and Mei Kasif, 6-3, 6-3, to become the youngest Division 1 North doubles champs since Boston Latin had two eighth-graders win in 2004.
“This was a really nice victory for these two,’’ said Furey. “I’ve never had a freshman team win this before. They just seem to play together really well and are able to make the points when they need to and force the mistakes from the other team.’’
South girls - Cohasset freshman Emma Davis proved her No. 1 seed was accurate, cruising past the defending South champion, senior Alana Prinos of Foxboro, 6-0, 6-0.
In the all-Barnstable doubles final, Gabrielle Riley and Maggie Pedicini defeated Meghan Talerman and Kelsey Tynan, 6-4, 7-5.
South boys - Aaron Revzin and Aaron Segel have been friends since kindergarten. In Sunday’s sectional final at Cape Cod Academy, the Needham teammates were opponents, with Revzin winning, 6-2, 6-4.
Revzin and Segel share a strange bond. Not only do they share the same first and middle name, each has a sister named Rebecca and they were born on the 13th of different months. The final was their first high school match as opponents. For Revzin, who plays No. 1 singles for Needham and is headed to Amherst to play tennis, it was his fourth consecutive sectional individual title.
MIAA tournament director Dick Norman said he cannot remember another individual winning four South titles in the past 35 years.
Needham coach Drew Lawrence held back tears talking about the privilege he feels to coach two individuals who surpassed his expectations on and off the court.
“I’m just completely and totally proud of these guys,’’ Lawrence said. “They’re good friends and they’ve been that for years. To coach two guys like this - that has made my life as a coach easy.’’
Lawrence also coached the doubles champions, junior Ben Okonow and senior Mitchell Silverman. They beat Sharon’s Eric Bloom and Jake Steinberg, 6-4, 6-3. This is the second consecutive year that a Needham doubles team took home the South title.
North boys - In a match that lasted more than three hours, No. 3 seed Mark Pronchick of Lexington beat unseeded Ethan Chen of Weston, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). The doubles title went to a pair from St. John’s Prep as Mark Corvi and Ian Wright beat Lexington’s Dan Moffa and Jonah Baber, 7-6, 6-3.
Globe correspondent Emily Wright contributed to this report.