In the end, the Billerica High boys tennis team fell one victory short.

By Doug Hastings
Staff Writer

In the end, the Billerica High boys tennis team fell one victory short.

A 3-2 victory over Lawrence last Friday in the final match of the regular season allowed the Indians to finish with a 7-9 record.

The win featured two exciting singles matches, one that Billerica won and one that the Indians lost.

At third singles, Erik Caples emerged victorious in a thriller against Lawrence’s Francis Waneru, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 with a 7-5 win in the decisive tiebreaker.

The Lancers won a similar match at No. 2 as Charlie San of Lawrence edged Indian Josh Dickey, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 7-6 (7-5).

Steven Wilde of Billerica won the other singles match, taking a 6-4, 6-3 victory at the top spot over Jose Brenes.

In doubles, the top Indian tandem of Josh Bilodeau and Billy Rios won big, 6-2, 6-1 over Johnson San and Maireni Cornelio. Lawrence took a close decision at second doubles when Son Dinh and Dorea Robinson beat Indians Kevin Robinson and Anthony Spencer, 6-3, 7-5.

Two days earlier, Billerica played a rare doubleheader with matches against both Andover and Haverhill.

A 5-0 loss to Andover that officially eliminated BMHS from state tournament contention was highlighted by Bilodeau’s effort at second singles. In a match with Andover’s Steve Ochs, Bilodeau won the first set before ultimately falling, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Wilde lost to Phil Johnson at first singles, 6-1, 6-2 while the rest of the Billerica lineup managed to win only one game in the other three contests. Aaron Hopkins played third singles while Caples and Rocco Magliozzi played first doubles and Robinson and Aram Dagavarian played No. 2 doubles.

That same day, Billerica beat Haverhill, 3-2.

Wilde swept Wes Davis at first singles, 6-1, 6-2, and BMHS took both doubles matches.

At No. 1, Hopkins and Bilodeau won 6-1, 6-0 while Caples played with Magliozzi at second doubles and won, 6-0, 6-4.

Josh Dickey and Connor Edmonds played the other singles spots for the Indians.