NHIAA D-I Boys' Tennis Championship: Bulldogs capture all singles matches en route to fifth straight title
Bedford's Ian Horn lines up a backhander during his match against Matt Gray in Manchester on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
NHIAA Division I Boys' Tennis ChampionshipAT MANCHESTER WEST
Bedford 7, Keene 2
Singles: Dan Soucy (B) d. Reilly Hay 8-1; Ian Horne (B) d. Matt Gray 8-6; Andrew Allen (B) d. Patrick Hamill 8-3; Zach Anderson (B) d. Will Silverstein 8-2; Zach Gould (B) d. Cam Jessup 8-1; Gurudeep Machupalli (B) d. David Idelkope 8-2.Doubles: Hay/Silverstein (K) d. Tim Weeks/Mike Soucy 8-4; Gray/Hamill (K) d. Adam Landon/Ryan Landon 8-4; Jon Greiner/Ricky Salvatore (B) d. Jessup/Alan Idelkope 8-5.
Records: Bedford 17-0, Keene 15-2.
The Bulldogs took all six singles matches on their way to a 7-2 win over Keene High School and their fifth straight state championship on Tuesday on the sunny and windy courts at Manchester West.
“The seniors last year left with four championships in a row,” Soucy said. “That was definitely my goal.”
Soucy, who moved up from the No. 3 spot in the lineup to No. 1, led the way on Tuesday and throughout the year.
He beat Keene senior Reilly Hay, 8-1.
Hay and his father, Bill, the Keene coach, were impressed by Soucy and the Bulldogs.
“They’re winning in all the sports.”
Hay trailed 6-1 in his match with Soucy and on the changeover on his way to the other side of the net complimented the focus his opponent was displaying.
“I hit the frame, a crack in the court and had a net cord all on one point and he still hit a winner,” Hay said. “I knew nothing was going to throw him off.”
“They’re very good,” said Bill Hay. “We knew that coming in. We knew that we were going to have to play our best to give them a run and maybe we’d catch them on a bad day. But it doesn’t look like that team has an off day very often.”
Bedford coach Shawna Morley thought her team might be in for a rebuilding year with the loss of the three seniors.
Not so much, as it turned out.
Soucy, a couple of freshmen and senior Gurudeep Machupalli, among others, stepped up and the deep Bulldogs filled in the holes nicely.
“I couldn’t be more proud of him,” she said. “He worked his way up and broke into the lineup and brings some powerful strokes to the game.”
Soucy added to his game, too.
Soucy and Morley praised the Blackbirds, too.
Kind of like the season went.
“I definitely thought we had the capability of doing it again,” Soucy said. “A lot of guys played a lot in the winter and people put in the time and we knew we had some talented freshmen coming up.”
The Bulldogs won, 9-0.
“We started realizing it could be a possibility,” Soucy said.
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs turned possibility into reality.