The boys' tennis team cruised to its first postseason victory Monday afternoon, going 5-0 against visting Norwell in the quarterfinal round of the division three south section tournament.
"I think everyone played well," head coach Josh Schaan said after the match. "People were being consistent. It was smart tennis being played." The Vineyard, seeded second in the south bracket, earned a first-round bye. Norwell was seeded seventh.
The match lasted just under two hours, although the Vineyard had secured its team win well before.
At first singles, senior captain Patrick McCarthy defeated Cam Roach 6-2, 6-3, while sophomore Connor Downing earned a 6-4, 6-3 win over Willie McDonald. Freshman Finn Simpkins took a first-set tiebreaker win over Devin Chan at third singles before going 6-1 in the second set.
The first doubles duo of junior Dunovan Belisle and freshman Zak Danz went 6-0, 6-3 against Andrew Cibotti and Jack Duckworth.
Norwell's second doubles team proved the biggest challenge for the Vineyard, but sophomore Charlie Parkhurst and freshman Max Hammond were up to the challenge. Hammond and Parkhurst outlasted Liam Beal and Sam Rinko 7-6 (7-3) in a tiebreaker first set, then went 6-3 in the second.
The Vineyard will host number three seed Cohasset at home on Wednesday in the section semifinals. Match time is at 3 p.m.
In picture, freshman Finn Simpkins volleys against Norwell's Devin Chan.