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July 8, 2013

Salem News 2013 Boys Tennis All-Stars

BOYS TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MATTHEW JACOBS

Swampscott Freshman

First Singles

No tennis player on the North Shore was more consistent this past spring than ninth grade standout Matthew Jacobs. The freshman brought his A-game every match, losing only a handful of games the entire regular season without dropping a single set at first singles against the best players in the Northeastern Conference.

“He puts in the time to develop his skills,” said Big Blue head coach Neil Whitehouse. “He’s fully dedicated to tennis as his sport. Where most high school players it’s a seasonal thing for them, he’s dedicated — and as a result has developed his skill.”

Jacobs was 17-0 in the regular season and won his first three matches in the state individual tournament. He even registered a golden set for the first time in his life where he took every possible point in a set.

“My biggest strengths physically as a player are my forehand and movement,” said the NEC Small Player of the Year. “Mentally, however, I work at staying in the moment, competing well and keeping my focus.”

Jacobs’ IQ and work ethic extend ofF the court as he was named Swampscott’s student-athlete of the month in June.

On the court, Jacobs has great range and can hit every shot he needs.

“He’s such a complete player,” said Whitehouse. “He has an amazing ability to anticipate and take a low shot and turn it to his advantage. He has a unique drop shot that I’ve never seen on a two-handed backhand in any other player. Those are the things that make him a unique player.”

THE ALL-STARS

NICO LIMACHER

St. John’s Prep Junior

Singles

Received the St. John’s Prep Coaches Award for his efforts this past season … Scored a big 7-6, 6-4 win at third singles in the Prep’s 3-2 win over Lexington in the Division 1 North semifinals ... Went on to dominate his Westford Academy opponent, 6-0, 6-1 in the North finals … Holds a 4.5 GPA … Has a powerful serve and a relentless return game.

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