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NEWPORT/MIDDLEBURYâ€“If you looked at all of the records of the spring teams from North Country, the one that stands out is that of the Falcons boys' tennis crew.
The boys have not lost a match in over a month, currently have a 6-1-1 record and are ranked in the top third of all Division I teams.
"The team likens itself to a junk yard dog," said coach Gary Atchinson. "We have no real big shotmakers. We work our points and I would say we are a real lunch pail, blue collar team."
Starting the weekend at 4-1-1, the boys won back-to-back matches on Friday and Saturday to improve their record.
First up was a visit from the boys of Harwood.
With a 6-1 record coming into the match, Atchinson figured Friday's contest would be a big challenge.
The Falcons rolled the Highlanders 6-1 behind some all around strong play by the whole team.
Travers Parsons-Grayson rebounded from a first set loss to force a tiebreaker which he won 10-4.
Said the coach, "His steady play in the second set forced several errors from his opponent. He followed that set with a tight tiebreaker with few unforced errors."
Thomas Durivage had another strong day, winning 6-3, 6-1.
Zach Tweed played "thoughtful" tennis in his match against Pierre Compare, winning 6-2, 6-3.
Maoz Knight ran past Chase Johnson with his 6-2, 6-1 win.
The only loss on the day came from Dave Durivage at the number one position.
Despite playing well, he came up against one of the best players in the state, Connor Barker. He fought hard, but Barker was just better on this day.
Turning to doubles, both pairs won handily. Kody Halikas and Fred Petzoldt took their match 6-2, 6-4 and Steve Raboin and Peter Steuwe went 6-2, 6-1 in theirs.
On Saturday the boys boarded the bus to Middlebury and despite the 2-0 lead spotted to the Tigers, the Falcons won four out of the five matches played to get the win.
Dave Durivage won his first set 6-3, but could not hold on, losing in the tiebreaker 10-8.
Parsons-Grays had a much easier day than on Friday, winning 6-1, 6-4.
On the other hand Thomas Durivage really had to battle, winning the first set, losing the second, and taking the tiebreaker 10-6.
"Thomas rolled through his first set, but became tentative in the second. It was his conservative play in the tiebreaker that made the difference," said Atchinson.
Tweed's opponent offered little resistance and Zach won 6-1, 6-1.
The lone doubles match showed what can happen if you lose focus during a set.
Halikas and Petzoldt won 6-1 in the first, but by not continuing to dominate, allowed their opposition to force a tiebreaker with a second set win.
The were lucky to escape the match with win, eking out the 10-8 tiebreaker win.
The team goes back at it again today against U-32 in East Montpelier