Persistence most certainly paid off for the Masconomet Regional boys tennis team yesterday afternoon.
The Chieftains won a pair of long tiebreakers en route to a 4-1 victory over their arch rivals from North Andover.
Sophomore first singles player Alex Fizz prevailed in his match, 7-6 (9-7 tiebreaker), 6-3. So did the second doubles team of sophomore Cooper McVay and junior Eric Hall, who prevailed in a wild 6-3, 7-6 (13-11 tiebreaker) match.
Freshman Nick Marshall also won at third singles (6-3, 7-5), as did the first doubles team of senior Jack Roscoe and junior Sam Gordon (6-4, 5-2, retired) for the Chieftains, who improved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in Cape Ann League play.
Ipswich 5, Amesbury 0: Mike Come (6-0, 6-2), Ryan Davis (7-6, 6-1) and Max Benford (6-1, 6-0) all had singles victories for the Tigers (3-4) Forrest Finn/Ryan Finkst (6-1, 6-1) and Sam Benford/Ryan Fremont-Smith (6-1, 6-0) completed the sweep.
Gloucester 4, Salem 1: Guthrie Scrimgeour won his match at first singles for the Witches (0-4), 6-3, 6-2. Cole Jermyn also had an outstanding match at second singles for Salem before falling (3-6, 6-3, 4-6).
Beverly 5, Swampscott 0: Five straight set victories helped the Panthers improve to 5-1 on the season. Peter Colletti (6-2, 6-2) Leonard Schulz (6-0, 6-2) and Masaya Okumura (6-1, 6-0) led the charge in singles action while Connor Irving/Eno Jahaj (6-2, 7-5) and Conor Gil/Christian Ayer (6-0, 6-0) won the doubles matches.
Marblehead 5, Lynn Classical 0: The Magicians (7-1 overall, 7-0 NEC) rolled behind wins by Dimitri Vlassov (6-0, 6-2), Griffin Butterfield (6-0, 6-0) and Justin Faia (6-1, 6-4). Doubles wins by Michael Forte/Felix Litvak (6-1, 6-2) and Corey Stein/Matt Jepsky (6-3, 6-0) completed the sweep.
B.C. High 4, St. John’s Prep 1: Sean Nork and Scott Reister picked up the Eagles’ only win at second doubles. Nork-Reister won 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. The Eagles had a three-set match at first doubles and had tough battles at first and second singles, but B.C. High wrapped up the Catholic Conference title with the win. St. John’s had won every league title since 2004 until yesterday’s loss.