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Latin Academy's tennis team preps for state tournament

Posted by Justin Rice  June 1, 2012 01:12 PM

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Latin Academy's boys' tennis team will host a first-round state tournament match for the second straight year 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club in Dorchester.

The No. 6 seeded Dragons (14-4), who have lost to Andover in the quarterfinals the last few years, will host No. 11 seed Haverhill (10-9) in the Division 1 North bracket.

"The only team in that league we played is the best team, Andover, and we lost 4-1 but it was a match where we were missing one of our players and one of our guys lost 7-5 in the third so it was a good match and that’s really all I have to go by," Latin Academy boys' coach Andrew Crane said.

"Haverhill is somewhere in the middle [of the Merrimack Valley league]," Crane said. "I don't know anything about them at this point other than that."

While Latin Academy's girls' team and both O'Bryant's boys' and girls' teams failed to qualify for the postseason, Boston Latin’s boys’ team will play Marblehead in the first round of the Division 2 North tournament at 2:30 p.m. on Friday at Harvard. The Latin's girls failed to qualify.

“They could make some real noise in the state tournament, they are a strong team,” Crane said of Latin.

If Latin Academy wins, they will travel to No. 3 seed Acton Boxboro (14-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Last year, Latin Academy’s boys team defeated Methuen before losing on the road to Andover, which is on the opposite side of the bracket this year as the No. 5 seed.

“It gives everybody confidence, their comfortable in their surroundings so the whole thing is easier obviously,” Crane said of playing at home. “But you don’t make that much of it because you are playing a team you don’t know. The other thing is the seeding is all done on the basis of record, sometimes it works to the disadvantage of a really strong team that’s in a really strong league. We’ve seen that happen before.”

Jimmy Ye will play No. 1 singles for the Dragons. Ye won two matches in the individual state tournament this year before being discarded in a close match to Lexington’s No. 1 singles player.

Crane said his No. 2 singles player is likely to be junior Saiful Mahmood while his No. 1 doubles team will comprise of sophomore Gar Paul and junior Ming Lao.

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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