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Bellmont tennis reached a few firsts under coach Joe Selking on Thursday night when they hosted NHC-rival Norwell.
First and foremost, the Braves won the match, 3-2, marking the first time that Bellmont has defeated the Knights in tennis. Another big mark, however, was the Braves' 9-1 record, the best start in Selking's tenure at Bellmont.
The Braves picked up their three key wins from David Baker at number two singles, Mason Selking at three, and Logan Baker/Drake Reidenbach at number two doubles.
Baker had no problem with his foe, Tyler Smith, winning 6-0, 6-0 for the Braves' first point. The doubles team took down the tandem of Brooks Caley/Brandon Burch in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
At number three, however, Selking found himself in a dog-fight with the Knights' Alex Hunter in a three-set marathon that finally ended with a dominant third set by the senior 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
At number one singles, Evan Selking had the longest match of his career, a long, three-hour battle with Norwell's Jordan Dickey. The Knights' junior won the battle of the underclassmen with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (9-7) victory over Selking.
"It was a tough match for Evan tonight," coach Selking noted, "but if you play tennis at all you will have a match like tonight. The important thing to take away for Evan is what he learns from this tough loss."
Garrett McCord and Nick Huffine also tasted defeat for Bellmont facing Norwell's toughest opponents, the senior tandem of Tanner Mathews/Luke Hunter, in a 6-0, 6-4 loss.