Shepaug tennis defeats HVRHS

Leo Clayton gave it his all against Shepaug on April 9 but came up short in the tiebreaker.

Patrick L. Sullivan

Shepaug tennis defeats HVRHS

LAKEVILLE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School boys tennis team dropped a match 4-1 to Shepaug Valley High School Tuesday, April 9.

HVRHS’s Manny Matsudaira won a third set super tiebreaker over the last year’s Berkshire League runner-up.

Coach Jeff Tripp said Leo Clayton “ lost a tough match in 3 sets.

“He won the first set 6-1 and then lost the second set 6-4. Instead of a full third set, we play a 10 point super tiebreaker to decide the match. Leo lost that 10-6.

“Tennis is so unique in that there is no clock to run out” Tripp said. “So when you get a lead, you have to keep winning points and games to win the match.”

“It was a really well played match from both players with a lot of attacking at the net and great lobs to counter. Leo is a senior but only playing tennis for his second season. He’s gotten much better really fast and hopefully this match will provide him some lessons moving forward.”

This spring HVRHS is playing matches at the Salisbury town courts in Lakeville, as the courts at the high school, which are slated for improvements, did not weather the winter well.

Clayton started playing tennis two years ago.Patrick L. Sullivan

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