The Lexington High boys tennis team lost in the Div. 1 state semifinals against Brookline on Monday at Newton North High School, falling by a 3-2 score.
Brookline won at first singles, third singles and first doubles while the Minutemen won at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles.
LHS captured the Div. 1 North championship last 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 (22-2) 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.
In the Brookline match, Bodrog beat Noah Schwartz at second singles in a match that took three tiebreakers to settle. Brodrog won 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (7-1). Charney and Edward Lacson played No. 2 doubles and won, 7-5, 6-2 against Kei Ogawa and Aaron Fleishman.
Brookline's wins were convincing.
Sam Feldman beat McCandless at first singles, 6-1, 6-3 while Jayanth Devaiah topped Roger Lacson, 6-2, 6-0.
At first doubles, Brookline won its third point when Josh Fleishman and Ben Moolman defeated Wang and Chen, 6-2, 6-3.