, Salem, MA


May 16, 2013

Masconomet boys tennis loses to powerful Hornets


Manchester-Essex’s Seth Cohen and Jeff Durkin made quick work of Nick Drago and Jack Roscoe at first doubles, winning 6-0, 6-1 before the Chieftains’ second doubles team of Sam Gordon and Clay Greenberg downed Colin Babikian and Josh Christopher, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker).

“(Falling) 4-1 feels a lot better than 5-0,” joked Turchon about preventing the clean sweep. “It’s good to play teams that are better than you. It’s a good measuring stick with the (state) tournament still ahead. We have bigger things to look forward to in the tournament.”

Masconomet should fare well in postseason play, especially if Gordon and Greenberg (who have only lost twice on the year) continue to work well together. Greenberg in particular has been a bright spot for the Chieftains, considering he only began playing tennis a short time ago.

“They’re a funny team. Clay’s only been playing for a year-and-a-half, but he’s an athlete so he knows how to win and he gets to every ball,” said Turchon. “And Sam has that fiery personality and he always goes for it. They’ve played about a half dozen three-set matches, so it was good for them to win in straight sets today.”

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