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Milford Boys Tennis Wins Thrilling Match

Milford boys' tennis head coach Lisa Caruso and the rest of her team had to spend more than three hours awaiting the conclusion of Monday's match against Attleboro, but the result was worth the wait as the Scarlet Hawks emerged with a 3-2 victory.
The result came down to Riley Lynch, a first-year senior who outlasted his opponent in a seven-point tiebreaker to decide the home match.
"It was awesome, the whole team was clinging to the fence, cheering Riley on, and it was awesome to walk away from that close a match with a win," Caruso said. "It came down to endurance, they were playing for three hours."
The victory is validation for an MHS squad that has improved throughout the season, even as inclement weather has limited practice time. Brendan O'Shaughnessy has been a steady first singles player, Caruso said, and Zach Austin has been willing and able to step in as a singles player when injuries have required him to do so.
"We want to continue to improve," Caruso said. "Hopefully we can get out there and practice a little more with the nicer weather and maybe have a couple more wins by the end of the season."
Milford has also excelled off the court. Over April vacation, the team held a three-day clinic for younger tennis players that doubled as a fundraiser for the program. The event proved to be a hit on both fronts. More than a dozen youngsters joined the clinic, which raised around $800.
Caruso said she is not sure exactly what the funds will support, but some of the ideas floated include putting it towards the banquet or to purchase some team apparel. Caruso also had the idea to procure some recycling bids at the fields. "Hopefully we can use it towards a couple of different things," she said.
The clinic itself ended up being a valuable experience for the
younger players who are developing an interest in the game as well as the high school athletes, who formed quick bonds with the kids who participated. "They played tennis games and other games on the court and everyone was really engaged," Caruso said. "It was so cute how the older kids bonded with a specific younger kid they might have had as a partner or in a game.
"It was good to see the younger kids interested and trying to grow the sport," she added. "But seeing how much the high school players enjoyed it, I walked away thinking 'I don't know who got more out of that.'"




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