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Foxboro High sophomore Sarah Prag, playing at No. 2 singles, returns a forehand shot during the Warriors MIAA Division 2 South Sectional quarterfinals against Dover-Sherborn last Friday.

The Foxboro High girls’ tennis team ran into a buzz saw as they traveled to No. 4-seeded Dover-Sherborn Regional during the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional quarterfinals on Friday.

After a first-round win, the No. 5 seeded Warriors took only two games at singles as the Raiders won all five matches in straight sets with two straight-set shutouts and eliminated Foxboro from the postseason following a 5-0 defeat.

It was a sense of redemption for Dover-Sherborn coach Karen Raymond and the Tri-Valley League Raiders (16-1), who lost to Foxboro in the South Sectional semifinals last year.

“All the credit to Dover-Sherborn,” Foxboro coach Jon Montanaro said. “We just ran into a better team today. They had a lot of great players. You look at their No. 1 (Amelia Poor), she’s one of the best players in the state. And top to bottom, their first doubles team beat our’s, who had a tremendous record all season.”

Foxboro No. 1 singles player Pam Nelson was sent sideline to sideline in a dogged pursuit against Poor, who also defeated former Foxboro No. 1 Sophia Prinos in three sets last year.

Poor, the unbeaten sophomore (17-0 this year), showcased a flurry of both backhand and forehand shots while depicting her prowess at the net as well. Poor fired a straight-set shutout against Nelson, who did the same a dozen times this year as she tallied 16 wins during her sophomore season.

The Raiders took each of the first two points without dropping a game at No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles. The Raiders’ 16-win doubles pair of Piper Evans and Katherine Whittle defeated Foxboro’s Kendall Milender and Paige Krockta, who amassed 14 wins on the season. And at No. 3 singles, Dover’s Lauren Kiel (16-1 this year) proved no match for underclassman Kethry Milne.

“I would say this was one of the tougher ones of the season,” Montanaro said of the Warriors’ only 5-0 loss this season. “But the players did a great job, they gave it all they had and that’s all you can ask for. They fight to the end, they did that today.”

Foxboro sophomore and No. 2 singles player Sarah Prag took the lone two games in the singles rotation while the Warriors No. 2 doubles team of Neha Jammula and Maggie McAuliffe won four games in the first set against Dover’s 14-win pair of Adelaide Atwood and Mayson Blondek. The Raider tandem then won six of the seven games in the match’s final set.

Foxboro concluded its season 17-3.

“It was a tremendous season,” Montanaro said. “The way they grew as tennis players, I’ve just been so impressed with their work ethic all season. They worked for everything. And like I’ve said a couple times this season, there were a lot of unknowns going into the year and I thought they did such a great job stepping up into those roles.”{span class=”print_trim”}

Dover-Sherborn 5, Foxboro 0: Amelia Poor (DS) def. Pam Nelson 6-0, 6-0; Connaught Burke (DS) def. Sarah Prag 6-1, 6-1; Lauren Kiel (DS) def. Kethry Milne 6-0, 6-0; Piper Evans-Katherine Whittle (DS) def. Kendall Milender-Paige Krockta 6-0, 6-1; Adelaide Atwood-Mayson Blondek (DS) def. Neha Jammula-Maggie McAuliffe 6-4, 6-1.