Medfield's three singles players faced a greater challenge than the heat Wednesday – Foxborough's singles players, who entered the semi-final round unbeaten in team play. That trio of players kept their record intact, defeating each of Medfield's singles players to earn three team points.
“The singles matches were all pretty decisive but even though we were ahead in each set you know you can't take it for granted on a day like [Wednesday] when it's really hot,” said Foxborough Coach Peter Prinos. “You just got to win every point and get off the court as quick as you can.”
Looking in control for most of her match, Alana Prinos defeated Medfield's Alex Freeman 6-1, 6-0 in the first singles contest. The junior captain looked dominant for most of the match and did not give Freeman a chance to get back in the game.
In the second singles match, Hallie Young of Foxboro defeated Medfield's Lexi Nasaway 6-2, 6-2. While Young dominated most of the match, Nasaway attempted to push the match longer in the final set. Unfortunately, the heat took its toll on Nasaway as the fatigued player simply ran out of gas at the end of the match.
In the final singles match, Emma Prinos of Foxborough defeat Medfield's Hannah Oliphant 6-1, 6-1. Oliphant at times tried to force Prinos into playing a shorter game and even tried to force wider shots at times. It was not enough as Prinos like Young and Alana Prinos, extended her undefeated streak in team play.
In the doubles contests, it was a clean sweep for Medfield. In the first doubles match, the team of Chelsea Miller and Mary Harris of Foxboro were defeated by the team of Katie Goldense and Hunter Stahl of Medfield 6-1, 6-2. Playing off their strengths, it was expected that Medfield would come in with a strong doubles team.
In the second doubles match, the team of Megan Carter and Caroline Muise fell to Julia Basileire and Megan Tschirch 6-2, 6-1.
With the victory, Foxborough will move on to the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional Finals for the first time in school history. While the scorecard shows a typical Foxboro tennis score, the win did not come easy. The Warriors were able to keep their level of play up despite the heat, leaving coach Peter Prinos relieved.
“Happy. Very very happy. Very pleased that we could pull it out,” said Prinos.
With Foxboro’s victory comes the end of the season for Medfield. MHS finishes the season with a record of 22-1.
“It was an awesome season and I was proud of everyone out there,” said Medfield coach Chris Dubose.
Next up for number three seeded Foxborough will be the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional Championship match against the number one seeded Scituate Sailors. The Sailors and Warriors will both enter the match with a record of 21-0. The championship match is set for Saturday June 11th with a time to be announced later.