Boys tennis team earns second victory

The Revere High boys tennis team earned its second win of the season with a 5-0 blanking of Lynn English last week.

All three of Coach Mike Flynn’s singles players cruised to victory in straight sets. Richie Bonilla, playing at No. 1, shut out his English rival with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph. Francesco Tartaglia was a 6-1, 6-2 winner at No. 2 and Malak Mossadek triumphed by a 6-1, 6-1 score.

Both Patriot doubles teams also prevailed, but in tough, three set matches after overcoming losses in the first set. The first doubles duo of junior Pariwat Chauiwong and freshman Nick Mucci emerged victorious, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, while the second tandem of sophomore Timothy Mellen and freshman Mladen Pepic came through with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 triumph.

A few days later, the opposite scenario played out for the Patriots in a 3-2 loss to Gloucester. The doubles teams won both of their matches in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 for Chauiwong/Mucci and 6-1, 7-5 for Mellen/Pepic, but the singles players were unable to pull out a win.

Sandwiched in between those matches was a shutout loss to Peabody, the defending champion of the Northeastern Conference Large School Division.

“Our younger players are really coming along and getting better with every match,” said Flynn, noting that two of his doubles players are freshman and the other a sophomore. “They love the game and they work hard to improve.”

Although his Patriots now stand at 2-5 on the season, Flynn said the team’s spirits remain high. “This is a great bunch of kids and this has been a fun year,” said the coach. “We have great senior leadership and a group of underclassmen who come to play and learn every day.”

Flynn also added that all of his players are top students for whom the term “student athlete” is highly applicable.

The Patriots now were set to tackle the iron of the Northeastern Conference in the coming week. They took on Winthrop on Monday; Danvers today (Wednesday); Saugus on Friday; Marblehead next Monday, and Swampscott next Wednesday.

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