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Ellis earns crown

St. John’s (S) star avenges team loss

By Hannah Becker
Globe Correspondent / June 17, 2012
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SHREWSBURY - When St. John’s of Shrewsbury tennis singles star Chris Ellis lost to Needham’s Aaron Revzin in the team state championship match Thursday, he felt he let his team down, as it eventually fell to Needham, 3-2.

Ellis got a second chance Saturday, beating Revzin, 7-5, 6-3, in the semifinals of the state individual tournament, then coming back an hour later to beat Tom Suchodolski, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, in the championship match at St. John’s High School.

“I was happy that I won it, but the team was more important to me,’’ Ellis said. “I got my revenge and it meant a lot to me. I let my team down Thursday, but I did good today.’’

Ellis and Suchodolski battled through the first set, with long points ending in diving forehands, going back and forth with neither player dominating. With things notched at six games apiece, the duo headed into a tiebreaker, which Ellis eventually won on a diving play.

“I was just telling myself, ‘Go for it,’ ’’ Ellis said. “I just went for my shots and got a couple bounces, a couple rolls, a couple dives. I just went for my shots so I can look myself in the mirror and say, ‘At least I went for it.’ ’’

Ellis possessed the momentum after taking the opening set in dramatic fashion, and used that to roll through the second set, 6-0.

The boys’ doubles final was won by the St. John’s Prep duo of Mark Corvi and Ian Wright, who defeated Needham’s Ben Okono and Mitchell Silverman in a three-set battle.

Corvi and Wright dropped the first set, 2-6, before battling back to take the second, 6-3.

“We missed a lot of shots, a lot of unforced errors [in the first set],’’ Corvi said. “We knew we could play better and we finally hit more balls in the court so it kind of went our way at the end.’’

The third set went to a tiebreaker, where Wright and Corvi prevailed, 7-1.

“We had to come out strong, get to the net as fast as we could,’’ Wright said.

In the girls’ singles final, Cohasset’s Emma Davis dominated action throughout the match, defeating Concord-Carlisle’s Julia Cancio, 6-3, 6-4, to win Cohasset’s first state championship in tennis.

“It was an awesome experience,’’ Davis said. “I’m really happy about it.’’

The freshman defeated Jessica Perkins of Shrewsbury in the semifinal match earlier Saturday, 6-3, 6-2. Davis said taking care of things quickly in her first match gave her added energy to defeat Cancio in the final.

“I kind of mixed things up a lot and I don’t think she liked that a lot,’’ Davis said.

The girls’ doubles was taken by Tiana Dame and Aubrey Lovejoy of Wachusett, who defeated Hannah Epstein and Ashley Toebes of Longmeadow, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

The seniors, who have been doubles partners for two years, lost in the state championship last year to a strong Algonquin team, making this year’s championship even sweeter.

“It means so much, we have worked so hard,’’ Lovejoy said. “I just can’t even believe it right now.’’

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