, Salem, MA

June 6, 2013

Wednesday's area roundup: St. John's Prep tennis punches North final ticket

The Salem News

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St. John’s Prep tennis coach Mark Metropolis knew he had to mix something up as his Eagles challenged top seed Lexington in the Division 1 North semi-finales yesterday.

A shift in the double teams helped the Eagles snatch a 3-2 win, avenging a loss earlier this season and also a state tournament loss that ended St. John’s season a year ago. Alec McNiff and Jon Shaffer teamed to win at No. 2 doubles, 6-2, 6-4, to help St. John’s get over the hump.

“That was the key move. We split up our first doubles team mostly because Lexington won both doubles matches the first time,” said Metropolis. “This was a big win for us. We aveneged those losses.”

Top singles player Chris Toner won his match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. At No. 3 singles, Niko Limacher took the match point, 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker) and 6-4.

St. John’s (14-4) advances to the Division 1 North final against Westford Academy (15-3). The match is scheduled for Saturday, although the date and time are still to be determined because the match could be played indoors if there’s rain.

“Westford’s top doubles team beat my first and second doubles at the state individual tournament, so they’re solid. I don’t know much about their other players, but it should be a good match,” said Metropolis.

Belmont 5, Hamilton-Wenham 0: The Generals (12-3) saw the end of a fine season in the Division 3 North semifinals against the Bucs.