MUHS boys’ tennis rolls into state semifinal

TIGER NO. 1 JACKSON Murray shows his usual calm as he hits a baseline forehand in his Friday quarterfinal match against South Burlington’s Yuyang Zhang at Middlebury Indoor Tennis. Independent photo/Steve James

FRESHMAN NATE COOK Yoder stretches to hit a forehand return during his No. 4 singles match on Friday against South Burlington. Cook Yoder’s victory in that match clinched the overall win for the Tigers in the quarterfinal showdown.
Independent photo/Steve James

MIDDLEBURY — The second-seeded Middlebury Union High School boys’ tennis team on Friday breezed past No. 7 seed South Burlington, 6-1, in a quarterfinal match played at Middlebury Indoor Tennis because of uncooperative weather.

The Tigers improved to 12-1, and the Wolves wrapped up their season at 8-9.

The Middlebury team will host No. 3 Stowe (12-2) on Monday afternoon in a semifinal. The Tigers and Raiders met once this spring, with the Tigers prevailing, 4-3, back on April 15.

The winner of that match will face either No. 1 Brattleboro (14-0) or No. 5 Champlain Valley 12-3), who will meet in the other semifinal. That final match will be hosted by the team with the highest remaining seed.

UPDATE: The Tigers and CVU won their Monday semifinals, and MUHS is scheduled to host the Redhawks on Thursday afternoon. The final was originally set for Wednesday, but was moved to accommodate an event at CVU.

The CVU and MUHS boys split two matches, with the Tigers winning, 6-1, and the Redhawks prevailing, 4-3, in a match that Tiger No. 2 Kellan Bartlett missed.

Against the Wolves this past Friday, wins by Tiger No. 1 Jackson Murray and both MUHS doubles teams gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead, and freshman Nate Cook Yoder clinched the match with a solid victory at No. 4 singles.

The individual match scores were:

At No. 1 singles, Jackson Murray (MUHS) defeated Yuyang Zhang (SBHS)  6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4).

SENIOR IVER ANDERSON moves inside the baseline to hit a backhand in his No. 3 singles match on Friday against South Burlington’s Will Bradley.
Independent photo/Steve James

At No. 2 singles, Charles Young (MUHS) defeated Mateo Duracak (SBHS) 7-5, 7-5.

At No. 3 singles, Will Bradley (South Burlington) defeated Iver Anderson (MUHS) 6-3, 6-2.

At No. 4 singles, Nate Cook Yoder (MUHS) defeated Omar Daoudi (SBHS) 6-2, 6-1.

At No. 5 singles, Eliot Heminway (MUHS) defeated Jules Butler (SBHS) 6-4, 6-2.

At No. 1 doubles, Eddie Fallis & Milo Rees (MUHS) defeated Jay Eagle & James Bradley (SBHS) 6-3, 6-0.

At No. 2 doubles, Baxter Harrington & Noah Doherty-Konczal (MUHS) defeated Nicolas Charlebois & Robin Hokenmaier (SBHS) 6-1, 7-5.

FRESHMAN CHARLES YOUNG stepped up into the No. 2 singles slot for the Tiger tennis team in Friday’s quarterfinal against South Burlington at Middlebury Indoor Tennis and pulled out a hard-fought victory.
Independent photo/Steve James

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