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EAST GREENWICH – The East Greenwich boys tennis team are the unquestioned force of Division II this season. They are 13-0, and haven’t dropped more than two individual matches in a game all season. Seven of their contests have been clean, 7-0 sweeps. Tiverton and Cumberland were the most competitive opponents, losing 5-2.

EG’s latest win came on Tuesday against Portsmouth, yet another 7-0 drubbing. At No. 1 singles, Troy Caron improved to 11-2 individually. His only losses came against Narragansett’s Ben Farman (6-3, 6-2) and Cumberland’s Luke Cunningham (6-4, 6-0).

With only nine individual losses for the team on the season, you’d be hard-pressed to find an Avenger not having a dream season. At No. 2 singles, Alex Sack is undefeated at 12-0. John Lange filled in for him in a 6-1 win over NK, and kept the team undefeated at that position.

Lange typically competes at No. 3 or No. 4 singles, and his combined season record is 9-1. With so much talent on the EG ladder, the lineup has shifted around considerably. Alan Zhang has competed well at No. 1 doubles, but has also dabbled in singles play. 

Same for James Hardwood and Anthony Morganti. You don’t start 13-0 in tennis without considerable depth, and names like Daniel Sun,  Jake Shunney, Jake Lehoullier and Jonathan Yao have allowed EG to hold down the doubles in every match they’ve played.

There are only two regular season games remaining for the Avengers. The only thing standing between them and an undefeated season are North Providence and North Smithfield (both in the bottom three of the standings).

The Main Draw is scheduled for this weekend at Slater Park. Sack and Caron qualified for the singles tournament, while the doubles team of  Shunney/Lehoullier will also be in action.

The Division II finals are currently scheduled for May 25 at noon.

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