Although there have been few victories this season for the Revere High boys tennis team, RHS head coach Mike Flynn could not be more pleased with his team’s progress during the course of the season.
“When I think of where we were when we began in early April and how far we’ve come, it’s really amazing,” said the coach. “Our experienced players have given us great leadership and have set a great example for our younger players.”
In last week’s match with Lynn Classical, a 3-2 loss, Malak Mossadek swept to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over his counterpart at second singles. Francesco Tartaglia had a tougher time at third singles, but eventually prevailed in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
Both doubles matches also went to three sets, but the Rams emerged triumphant in both. The first doubles duo of freshmen Nick Mucci and Mladen Pepic fell by a score of 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 2-6, while the second doubles duo of Pariwat Chuiwong and Tim Mellen came out on the short end of a 6-3, 5-7, 2-6 decision. Richie Bonilla dropped his match at first singles, 2-6, 1-6.
A few days later, the Pats fell by a 5-0 score to Beverly, but Flynn labeled the match “our best of the season. We won a lot of games against the top team in the NEC North.” Flynn in particular noted the play of Nick Tran and Mellen at second doubles, who played very competitively in a loss of 3-6, 4-6. The first doubles tandem of Mucci and Pepic also turned in a strong match in a loss of 2-6, 4-6.
“These boys have a lot to be proud of from the standpoint of personal achievement,” said Flynn. “They really have hung in there all season long and have been getting better every week with every match.”
Flynn and his crew were set to play at Lynn English yesterday (Tuesday) and at Peabody tomorrow to wrap up their 2010 season.