The Lexington High boys tennis team captured the Div. 1 North championship on Thursday with a 4-1 victory over Acton-Boxborough in an exciting match at Lexington High.
LHS won convincingly at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, but the Colonials were competitive at the other three spots before the afternoon ended with the Minutemen winning two of the final three contests.
At No. 1 singles, junior Kyle McCandless of Lexington defeated A-B sophomore Joe Maffa, 6-2, 6-0. Lexington senior Patrick Bodrog topped Colonial junior Anish Sundaram, 6-2, 6-2.
The Minutemen won at third singles when freshman Sam Charney won two close sets against Acton-Boxborough senior Ian Matthews, 6-3, 6-3.
Lexington took a 4-0 lead when Roger Lacson and Edward Lacson won 6-4, 6-4 at second doubles against the Colonial senior tandem of Joe Sullivan and Tim Ristaino.
Junior Tiger Tian and sophomore Jasper Bo of A-B beat Lexington’s Aaron Chen and Charles Wang at No. 1 doubles, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4).
The teams played a super tiebreaker instead of a third set with the team outcome already decided.
With the Div. 1 North title securely in hand, Lexington will play in the state semifinals on Monday at a location that has yet to be determined. LHS will face the South champion, the winner of Newton North and Brookline, who are scheduled to play on Friday afternoon in Medway at 4 p.m.
Lexington, the No. 1 seed in the North, improved to 22-1 overall with the win over A-B. The Colonials ended yet another solid campaign with an overall record of 12-6 after state tournament victories over Lynn Classical, Methuen and Lincoln-Sudbury.