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May 1, 2013

Marblehead tennis wins battle of unbeaten under lights

MARBLEHEAD — Two undefeated tennis teams matched up last night as the Swampscott girls traveled to Marblehead to play the Magicians under the lights at Seaside Park.

It seemed only fitting when the match ultimately came down to the first singles spot where Marblehead’s Tory Booth edged out Swampscott’s Anna Raptunavich in a match that lasted over two hours. The Magicians claimed the 3-2 victory and remain undefeated at 6-0 while the Big Blue dropped to 7-1.

“No question it’s always extremely satisfying to beat Swampscott. You can throw the records out, it’s always a battle when we play,” said Marblehead coach Tim Stonecipher. “We’ve had an easier road up to this point so I told the girls before the match that it would be a test. It certainly was. Boy, Swampscott is good.”

After Booth capitalized on some Raptunavich mistakes to take the opening set 6-1, the Big Blue ace battled back hard in the second set. It was a back-and-forth before Booth came away victorious 7-5. The Marblehead sophomore had two tremendous lob shots she placed just inches inside the base line after Raptunavich charged the net that helped Booth grab the final point.

Booth had been the aggressor in the first set and punished Raptunavich when the Big Blue star didn’t get her first serves to fall. She was forced to take some velocity off on the second serves and Booth hammered back some fine winners. The second set was a different story as Raptunavich got more aggressive and Booth was forced to play lob shots from the baseline.

“Anna became more aggressive in the second set and that put Tory on her heels,” noted Stonecipher. “It was two, very different styles of sets. Tory showed she can win in a variety of ways. I’ proud she was able to get a win against a good competitor.”

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