One of the greatest seasons by a Peninsula District boys tennis team ended with a third-set doubles tiebreaker lost by its two best players -- both seniors.
Menchville's Jake Fields and Stuart McCroskey fell 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7) Thursday in a state Group AAA quarterfinal in Northern Virginia to a tandem from Freedom High in South Riding.
Alex Cragg, who had lost a singles match early in the day, teamed with Brian Park to advance to the semifinals by edging the Monarchs.
Fields and McCroskey led Menchville to 12 consecutive victories to start the season -- with a combined team score of 96-1 -- before Cosby defeated the Monarchs 5-3 in a state team quarterfinal.
Fields won the Peninsula District singles, while he and McCroskey won the PD doubles and were Eastern Region runners-up.
Otherwise, the day of state quarterfinals went pretty well for Eastern Region/Hampton Roads entries. Princess Anne's Fredric Lilland won his singles match, though Granby's Laguna Foster lost. Lilland and Robert Levin won their doubles contest.
In girls singles, Cox's Olivia Large earned a victory, though Princess Anne's Danika Kahatapitiya lost.
In doubles, the Eastern teams swept their way into the semis, thanks to the combinations of Large-Kait Brogan and Kahatapitiya-Victoria Alexander.
Forecast brings postponements:
All semifinals in VHSL baseball and softball, as well as in Group AA and A soccer, were postponed from Friday to Saturday because of the weather forecast. Many finals will be contested Sunday, a highly unusual occurrence.
Group AAA contests are mostly at Westfield High in Chantilly. The AA and A matchups are at or near Radford University.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun