Roundup: Bulldogs win 1st matches at states



BURLINGTON -- Two Burr and Burton Academy boys tennis players won their opening matches on Day 1 of the Vermont individual state championships.

Peter Oh and Sam Cochrane each moved on after victories, while Noah Wetherald fell, as did the doubles team of Justin Tegan and Christian Webb.

Oh, the second seed in the tournament, dominated his opponent, Burlington's Matthew Foster, 8-1. He won the first seven games in the pro set format before finishing with a flourish.

"It took Peter about 35 minutes to win," said BBA coach Peter McNealus. "It was very convincing, there weren't many long rallies."

Cochrane, the Bulldogs' No. 2 player, outlasted Stowe's Tyler Mullin, 8-7, winning in a final tiebreaker at the University of Vermont courts.

"Sam was in control of his match, ahead the entire time," McNealus said. "He was playing solid and smart -- playing his game, and I was quite impressed with that."

Wetherald lost 8-2 to the seventh seed, Erik Olson from Rice, while the doubles came up just short, 8-7 in another tiebreaker, to Harwood's John-Morgan Randolph and Henry Hermanowski, in a preliminary round matchup.

"The guys said they thought [their opponents] were singles players, the way they played, keeping the ball down the middle," McNealus said. "They were right there, but it didn't show in their favor."

The BBA girls team also had success in their tournament, which started on Thursday as well.

Irene Matas won her first round matchup, 8-1, over U-32's Emily George, but ran up against top seeded Ayame Yazawa from St. Johnsbury in the second round. Yazawa scored an 8-5 victory to knock out Matas.

"It was an incredibly close match, especially against the No. 1 seed," said BBA girls team coach Dan Hutner. "She led in the beginning and played great tennis, maybe the best I've ever seen from her."

Maddy Pagnucco and Jordan Harmon each beat opponents from South Burlington in their second round matches.

Pagnucco took down Sajahi Sivakuma, 8-4, while Jordan Harmon blanked Augie Arms, 8-0, in the pro set format.

"Jordan, I've never seen her play so well," Hutner said. "She was poised, all three [players] stepped it up."

Pagnucco will face Annie Reville from Burlington in the next round, while Harmon takes on another Seahorse, Romana Bartsova.


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