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Top-seeded Lincoln-Sudbury women’s tennis defeat Acton-Boxborough to reach Division 1 state semifinals

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“I actually lost my first two against AB even though the team won, so I came in today and really wanted to win.”

But for assistant coach Pam Durniak, beating AB (11-5) and advancing to the semifinals isn’t the end, it’s just another step on the road.

“Tomorrow we’ll be back to work,” Durniak said of the team’s mentality moving forward. “We are going to keep working on the same things and keep the same positive attitude.

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For the Warriors (15-0), staying positive throughout the game is everything, a constant for coach Danielle Orgles-Monteith, who was unable to attend Monday’s game.

“The only thing [Orgles-Monteith] stress is always being positive,” Swire said. “It’s not getting discouraged and staying focused on our own games.”

Before Swire’s win at No. 1, her sister, freshman Lia, dominated in the third single 6-0, 6-0 to earn the first point of the match. Ella Chase then won in second singles, 6-2, 6-3.

Five minutes later, the tandem of Carly Heslop and Arianna Xie emerged victorious 6-4, 6-4 in the first doubles.

Going forward, the No. 1-ranked Warriors are ready to prove themselves and show the state why they got the top spot.

“I’m so motivated right now,” Swire said. “I’m ready to represent in the semifinals and it’s going to be special.”

State Division 4

Wareham 4, Cohaset 1 — The Vikings had jumped out of the tournament twice in a row against Cohasset. The Vikings weren’t going to let it happen a third time.

After falling in the 2021 Division 3 South semifinals, 3-2, and by the same score in the 2019 quarterfinals, the second-seeded Vikings earned a 4-1 victory in the state quarterfinals of Division 4. The Vikings (24-0) advance to the semifinals for the first time in program history and will meet No. 6 Manchester-Essex on Wednesday (TBA).

“The boys exceeded my expectations,” said Wareham coach Geoff Swett. “To say I’m proud of them would be an understatement.”

Senior Julianna L’Homme avenged her loss last season in third singles, winning 6-2, 6-3. Left-handed L’Homme controlled the match with her accurate serve.

“During the season, his serve improved significantly,” said Swett. “He has an excellent backhand with topspin. You don’t see that very often in high school tennis. She hits him with confidence.”

Senior Brooklyn Bindas won 6-0, 6-2 in the first singles. Unbeaten on the season, Bindas hasn’t lost more than three games all season.

“Domination doesn’t begin to describe it,” Swett said.

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Masconomet 4, Westwood 1 — With a singles sweep, fourth-seeded Masco (18-0) earned his first trip to the semifinals and a match against top-seeded Scituate after his quarterfinal win.

Junior Kendall Skulley, playing with a measured approach, won 6-1, 6-0 in the first singles. Her sister, Teagan, a freshman, won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2.

“Teagan is extremely powerful and tall,” Masconomet trainer Kathy Chen Farnham said. “She has a killer serve and when she’s on, she’s so powerful. She has a strong game, she plays deep and she can move from corner to corner.”

“They are very exciting, constant at the top,” said Chen Farnham of the Skulley sisters. “They get the job done and there’s no drama, that’s great leadership.”

Junior Nina Klink won 6-0, 6-1 in third singles, incorporating a flurry of deep shots to control the match.

“When people see Nina, they think she could be number one,” Chen Farnham said. “This is the strongest team Masconomet has ever had. We have never had a team with so much talent.”

With a strong singles finish, the Lynnfield boys earned their ticket to the state semifinals.LYNNFIELD ATHLETICS

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Lynnfield 5, West Bridgewater 0 — With a strong finish in singles play, the second-seeded Pioneers outscored No. 7 West Bridgewater 5-0 in the quarterfinals, earning a trip to Wednesday’s semifinals against Cohasset.

“All three of my individual players were behind in their matches from the start,” Lynnfield coach Joe Dunn said. “They needed to play at the highest level to beat these guys and they did.”

Senior co-captain Harrison Luba battled to a 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) win and in the second singles, sophomore Dan Levin cruised after a rocky start to earn a 6- 4, 6-0.

Freshman Shea McCarthy used strong baseline play to translate into aggressive volleys at the net, posting a 7-5, 6-4 win on third singles.

“Shea played one of the best games he’s ever played,” Dunn said. “He returned services, got to the net and passed it. He played aggressive tennis, I am very proud of his performance.”

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Division 2 State

Masconomet 13, Scituate 10 — Emerson Clark surpassed 100 goals to guide No. 8 Masconomet (17-6) to a second-round victory against the visiting No. 9 Sailors. Maggie Sturgis also had two goals and two assists.

Division 4 State

Nantucket 9, Ipswich 4 — Sophomore Bailey Lower had four goals and three assists to lead the fourth-seeded Whalers (19-4) to their first quarterfinal victory in program history against the visiting No. 5 Tigers. Emerson Pekarcik also scored three goals.

“It was a complete team effort,” Nantucket coach Jami Lower said. “They recognize the opportunity they have to make history on the show, and they did it.”

Nantucket will play the winner of Wednesday’s Manchester Essex/Mount Greylock game in a semi-final later this week.

Cam Kerry and Vitoria Poejo contributed to this story. To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235 or email [email protected]

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