SUPER TEAM

Alex Bilodeau, Old Rochester, Senior

Coach Russ Keeler said “Big Al” is the “more dangerous” player. “He is big and strong and literally blows players off the court. When he is on, he is hard to beat,” he said, noting Bilodeau was arguably ORR’s top player during the team tournament. He was 3-1 in the tournament and 10-2 overall, with his only losses coming to Barnstable’s No. 1 Max Francis, and Duxbury’s Jack Simon.

Alberto CuSosa, Westport, Junior

The Mexican exchange student only had one season with the Wildcats, but made the most of it. He went 14-0 and did not lose a set, although he did not participate in the state individual tournament. His coach said he possessed a “blistering” topspin shot that opponents just couldn’t handle. “None of his matches were close,” coach Tom Clark said. “He played maturely. His consistency, maturity, spin, accuracy, power, and tactics made him formidable. He made it look easy.”

Sam Pasquill, Old Rochester, Junior

Playing mostly No. 1 singles, Pasquill went 11-4 on the season, losing twice to Player of the Year Trevor Schwarzmann but otherwise dominating local competition. He was also 2-2 in the state team tournament. “Sam is extremely hard–working and driven, confident in his ability and committed to improvement,” coach Russ Keeler said. “I have never had a kid who plays more tennis than Sam. He is a grinder who wins matches by virtue of his consistency and grit.”

Advika Rajapadske, Senior, Dartmouth, and Connor Alves, Junior

Rajapadske was strong in singles action — he put together a 7-2 mark this season—but when the two came together, they melded perfectly. They put together a 5-2 mark, but that was against some of the toughest doubles teams out there. Russ Keeler’s No. 1 ORR team may have defeated the duo, but that didn’t stop Keeler from praising Alves and Rajapadske, calling them perhaps the next-best duo on the SouthCoast behind the tandem of Wolski and Lerman.

Maxx Wolski and Josh Lerman, Old Rochester, Seniors

They were undefeated during the regular season and they easily beat all SCC teams. Their only loss was in the South tournament final against Dover-Sherborn. “They complimented each other beautifully, and like all good teams they were greater together than the sum of their parts,” coach Russ Keeler said. “Josh has a huge serve and powerful overhead, while Maxx has more consistent volleys and ground strokes.

THE ALL-STARS

Matt Mitchell, Fairhaven, Junior

The Blue Devils’ tri-captain went 13-6 at No. 1 singles. Prior to being No. 1, he had spent time as a sophomore at both No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles, but handled the leap up to the top spot very well against some strong competition. “He is a great leader for our young team,” coach Jesse Gotlib said.

Sean Nutter, Bishop Stang, Senior

Facing some of the top competition within the EAC, Nutter compiled a record of 9-9, despite having to take six losses against three of the best individual players in the state. He also helped as part of a team effort that gave Saint John Paul II their only two losses of the year as the Spartans finished 16-2 overall. “The teams we faced, all their number ones are ranked at least sixth or better in the South, so taking that into account, Sean did really well against the competition he faced,” coach Mike Duarte said.

Jahn Pothier, Old Rochester, Junior

Pothier dominated at the No. 3 position, going 9-2 during the regular season and 3-1 in the postseason. Coach Russ Keeler said Pothier had the most raw talent on the team, and it was hard putting him at singles when he is such a tremendous doubles player. “He is tall and athletic and generates crazy power and spin on his shots. He plays on the edge: on a good day he is virtually unbeatable, on a bad day he will struggle with his consistency.”

Jeff Lucarelli, Sophomore, and Greg Lucarelli, Senior, Bishop Stang

The Spartans’ best doubles team had natural chemistry, seeing as they are brothers. They finished the season at 9-6, but likely would have done better if not for Greg’s absence on a trip to California. “Sometimes I'd have to pull them both aside and talk them through brotherly issues and arguments, but they fed off each other,” coach Mike Duarte said. “Greg is probably one of the best ground strikers on my team or in the area, but thrives in a doubles format. Jeff is solid, consistent and sneaky quick at the net.”

Nick Pereira and Marc Domagala, Bishop Stang, Juniors

The Spartans’ second doubles duo ended up 10-8 on the season against some very tough competition in the Eastern Athletic Conference. “They were steady and consistent all year,” coach Mike Duarte said. “They were two juniors who really helped solidify our (state) tournament run.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Nick Beaudoin, Fairhaven, Senior; Colin DiNardo, Bishop Stang, Junior; Morgan Harris, Apponequet, Sophomore; Caleb Jagoda, Old Rochester, Senior; Andy Johnson, Apponequet, Junior; Tim Johnson, Apponequet, Sophomore; Anthony Pajak, Dartmouth, Senior; Kyle Pettersen, Wareham, Junior.