WILLIAMSTOWN -- The short-handed Mount Greylock tennis teams showed off their depth in an early-season match against Pittsfield on Tuesday.
The Mount Greylock boys played without No. 1 singles player Rohan Shastri and didn't allow the Generals to win a single set on their way to a 5-0 victory. The girls were without Melina Sfakianaki at No. 3 singles. They dropped just one set on the way to a 5-0 win.
While Shastri wasn't on the court for the Mounties, his sister Tara was. She blanked Pittsfield's Taylor Turner 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles to set the pace for the Mounties.
"I was just trying to keep the ball in and just hit it as well as I could," Tara said. "When she hit easy shots, I tried to hit them in the corners, cross court, and if she returned them, I tried to put them on the other side to keep her moving."
Margot Besnard took care of business at No. 1 singles and Sophia Gebara filled the No. 3 slot to give the Mounties the win before the doubles matches could finish.
Pittsfield's Emily Deaso and Amanda Miller were the only Generals to win a set in the contest. They defeated Tyra Nurmi and Abby Tague 3-6 in the second set. Nurmi and Tague rebounded nicely, however, pulling out the third set 6-3 to finish the sweep. It was the only match to go three sets and lasted nearly an hour longer than any of the other matches.
"It was great for our first doubles to have a great competitive match and find a way to win it," Greylock girls' coach John Jacobbe said. "We'd like to learn from these, and the girls played better in that last set after losing a very tough second set."
It's no secret that the Greylock boys' team boasts a deep lineup and they showed that again on Tuesday.
With Rohan sitting out due to a minor back injury, Will Nolan, Jonah Majumder and Nyein Soe each won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0.
"It's good to know that we have the depth to keep going," said Nolan who filled in at No. 1 singles. "We all know that if one of us is out either sick or hurt, we can still pull it out."
The Mounties aren't just competitive against their opponents, but also against each other. With such a deep team, each player on the Mounties is fighting for playing time every day. As a direct result of a challenge match in practice, the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams swapped position heading into Tuesday's match.
Jake Foehl and Gray Kaegi had started the season at No. 2 doubles, but took to the court as the No. 1 pair on Tuesday. They beat Nathan Majumder and Alex White in practice on Monday to earn the spot.
"It's good to have the opportunities like this where everyone can play," Kaegi said. "I think our depth is going to make us a very strong contender at the end of the year. Matches like this will help."
The duo struggled to start their match against Pittsfield's Peter Desrosiers and Garrett Dempsey, but bounced back to seal the match.
"We just had to really slow it down and pace our shots," Kaegi said. "We had to just forget about a point if we lost it and just move on."
While the Greylock boys continue to live up to the high expectations the team has for itself, the girls' team is also starting to come together. Besnard and Nurmi are the only players returning from last year's team.
"It's a good early win. We're young and we have a long way to go towards improvement," Jacobbe said. "We're off to a very good start with a young team and they are just working hard to get better. It's one step at a time."