Hanover Boys' Tennis Aims For Best Season In Division One
Marauders Riding a Seven-Game Win Streak
The Hanover High School boys’ tennis team entered this season, their third in Division One, with high hopes of improving on two winning campaigns and making a deeper run into the postseason tournament. It took a while for the Marauders to get going, however, as four of their first six matches were postponed due to bad weather or snow on their home courts at Storrs Pond. As recently as eight days ago, Hanover was treading water with a 2-2 record, and facing a grueling match-a-day schedule.
Fast forward to Tuesday’s 9-0 whitewash of Manchester Memorial, and the Marauders have charged into the upper reaches of the NHIAA Division One standings with a seven-game winning streak and a 9-2 record. A win Wednesday against Salem can vault Hanover into a fourth-place tie behind heavyweights Bedford and Derryfield.
Hanover dominated the singles matches against Memorial, losing only two games across six matches.Sophomore Noah Borell, an athletic German exchange student, and senior Benny Gantrish., also a multi-sport star, each won 8-0 at first and second singles. John He and Matty Siegel each won 8-1 at third and fourth singles. Aidan Biglow and Jasper Meyer were 8-0 winners at fifth and sixth singles.
The Marauders were equally strong at doubles, and flaunted some of their depth at the bottom of the lineup. Borell and Gantrish won 8-1 at first doubles. Siegel and senior Captain Will Bonner earned an 8-1 decision at second doubles. Sophomore Gary Li and freshman Will Tarnowski were 8-2 winners at third doubles.
It’s been an amazing week for the Marauders, who only dropped one singles match in their seven-day win streak. The most remarkable part of that stretch was on May 11th, when the Marauders split their squad into two even teams and won two 9-0 matches against Manchester Central and Spaulding played at the same time in two different Upper Valley locations. Junior Lincoln Adam and freshmen Will Blinkhorn and Matt Bonner all stepped into the lineup and acquitted themselves with distinction.
Following Wednesday’s Senior Night match against Salem, the Marauders close the regular season with matches against two of New Hampshire’s best, Bedford and Concord. Concord is 8-4, and a traditional power. It will be crucial for Hanover to do well in that match to ensure a good seed in the postseason. Then there’s Bedford. The Bulldogs are currently undefeated at 12-0, having edged their closest pursuer, Derryfield. Bedford has won seven consecutive NHIAA titles, the last four in Division One. They are 130-1 in matches since 2010, and are riding a 93-match winning streak. At the very least, the match will be a good measuring stick for the Marauders, who have done superbly in reaching their potential as one of Division One’s top teams.