The upset bid was there for the taking, but ultimately did not come to fruition for the Foxboro High boys’ tennis team.
Foxboro freshman Bo Canfield fired a straight-set shutout at No. 3 singles, but the No. 10-seeded Warriors could not overcome No. 7 Dartmouth and fell 3-2 in the first round of the Division 2 South Sectional Tournament on Monday.
“It was one those ones we could’ve won but it just wasn’t our day,” Foxboro coach TJ Ostrander said. “Their number one (Trevor Schwarzmann) was extremely good. But there was a couple matches where I don’t think our guys had their best day, which was the difference. It was unfortunate.”
The No. 1 doubles team of Brian Gardner and Justin Neale earned a win in straight sets for Foxboro’s second point. They pulled out a 7-6 win in a first-set tiebreaker before claiming a second-set win while only dropping three games.
“We’re used to that,” Ostrander said of Foxboro’s relentless fight. “The reason we lost wasn’t effort, it was executing. That’s part of being a young team.”
Foxboro concludes the season 10-7, but will graduate one lone senior in Brian Gardner.
Garnder earned a 13-4 record this season with 10 wins in the doubles rotation. Sean McAvoy finished the season 11-4 with nine wins in doubles while Justin Neale went 12-3 this season, playing the whole year at doubles.
“I think it was disappointing how it ended because I thought could have won the match and maybe challenged (our next opponent) a little bit,” Ostrander said. “But we’ll have to wait and see next year about that one.”
Dartmouth 3, Foxboro 2: Trevor Schwarzmann (D) def. Jason Kandula 6-0, 6-0; Andrew Banno (D) def. Garrett Spillane 6-2, 6-2; Bo Canfield (F) def. Josh Lopes 6-0, 6-0; Brian Garnder-Justin Neale (F) def. Sean Sebatio-Dylan Marshall 7-6 (6), 6-3; Ryan Simas-Colton Almeida (D) def. Noah Hicks-Sean McAvoy 6-0, 6-4.