Hamilton-Wenham seniors Adam Celata and Reed Forsey just weren’t ready to say goodbye to their high school tennis careers.
Celata and Forsey, Hamilton-Wenham’s first doubles team, won in dramatic fashion to lift the Generals to a 3-2 win over Austin Prep in a Division 3 North quarterfinal yesterday.
With Woody Watson winning at first singles, 6-2, 6-2, and the second doubles team of Frankie Bucco and Jack Hopkins, 6-2, 6-1, producing the first two points for Hamilton-Wenham, the Generals needed one more point for the win. Celata and Forsey dropped their first set, 6-2, and trailed 5-2 in the second set before winning five straight points to prevail, 7-5.
In the third set, Celata and Forsey once again fell behind, this time 4-0, and once again came back for a 7-5 victory that clinched the match.
“The other team was match point against us at 5-3. It was a thrilling win for those guys and a great win for the team,” H-W (11-3) coach Joe Maher said.
Hamilton-Wenham will now host Bedford in the semifinal today (3:30 p.m.)
St. John’s Prep 5, Boston Latin Academy 0: The Eagles had little trouble in a Division 1 North quarterfinal match. Chris Toner won at first singles, 6-1, 6-2, Dan Cunningham was victorious at second singles, 6-0, 6-2, and Niko Limacher prevailed at third singles, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
Ian Wright and Alec McNiff had to work hard for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win at first doubles, while Jon Shaffer and Sean Nork (6-0, 6-4) took care of business at second doubles.
St. John’s travels to Lexington for a semifinal match today.
Burlington 4, Masconomet 1: The Chieftains fell in a Division 2 North quarterfinal match to close the season at 15-4.
Swampscott 4, Melrose 1: The Big Blue (18-1) stayed alive in Division 3 North and will host Weston tomorrow in a semifinal match.
Swampscott 5, North Andover 0: Swampscott cruised in a Division 3 North quarterfinal and will play top-ranked and unbeaten Concord Carlisle (15-0) tomorrow in the semis.
Medfield 16, Marblehead 6: The Magicians finished a fantastic season by dropping a tough East Division 2 quarterfinal decision to state power Medfield. Marblehead finished 17-4, while Medfield moves to 20-3.
Cohasset 9, Hamilton-Wenham 4: The Generals put up a good fight against top-seeded Cohasset (16-2), but didn’t have enough firepower to record the upset. Hamilton-Wenham closed the season at 13-8.