NHIAA Singles Tennis: Londonderry's Burbine, Bedford's Soucy take singles titles
Bedford's Dan Soucy makes a running shot during his match against Goffstown's Marty Pelletier at the Derryfield School in Manchester on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Soucy ousted second-seeded Marty Pelletier of Goffstown, 6-0, 6-1 in his semifinal match.
In the other semifinal, Broderick eliminated fourth-ranked Ross Kenney of Winnacunnet of Hampton, 6-4, 7-5.
Meanwhile, on the girls' side, it was mission accomplished for Cassie Burbine.
“This means the world to me,” said the Londonderry senior after she posted a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Manchester Central freshman Julia Chappell for the NHIAA girls’ singles tennis tournament championship Tuesday. The match started at Derryfield School and, because of darkness, the start of the decisive third set was played at Southern New Hampshire University.
“She’s the best freshman player I’ve ever seen,” said Burbine. “She beat me during the regular season (8-5) and I really had no idea who she was at the time. Now I do.”
Chappell was obviously disappointed with the loss. “I wish we didn’t change courts, because I won the second set and felt I was on a roll,” she said. “Physically I held up pretty well, but in the third set, I started missing shots.”
“That wasn’t easy for me because Ana is my best friend,” said Burbine. At least Milosavljevic can take comfort in knowing she’ll be teaming with Burbine in the semifinals of the state doubles tournament Thursday at Derryfield School. Chappell upended sixth-ranked Camille Hankel of Hanover, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in her semifinal.
In the other semifinal, top-ranked Ryan Broderick of Londonderry eliminated fourth-ranked Ross Kenney of Winnacunnet of Hampton, 6-4, 7-5. At press time, Broderick and Soucy were battling under the lights at SNHU for the state title.