For the second consecutive year, the Bedford High School boys’ tennis team is one of the four best Division 3 teams in the state.
The Bucs qualified for the state semifinals Friday afternoon, defeating Wilmington 4-1 at the Woburn Racquet Club.
Now the Buccaneers will face their greatest challenge so far: top-seeded Wayland. The Warriors defeated Bedford for the state championship in June 2022, then prevailed 4-1 early this season in a Dual County League match.
“They’re good, they’re tough, and it’s going to be fun to play them again,” said veteran BHS Coach John Geilfuss. He said the semifinals are likely to be Monday or Tuesday, on neutral courts, perhaps in Concord. The remainder of the Final Four are Dover-Sherborn and Martha’s Vineyard.
Geilfuss said the Buccaneers were sharp in Friday’s quarterfinals, including first singles Adam Capabianco, who dropped his match, 4-6, 4-6. “He played a great match,” Geilfuss said.
The Buccaneers swept the other four matches.
Dillon Denny-Brown was “spectacular” at second singles, Geilfuss said, winning 6-0, 6-0. Spencer Goss took a little longer to win third singles, 6-3, 6-4. “That was a good match,” the coach said.
First doubles Akira Ung and Logan Cox won their first set, 6-0, then lost 4-6 before bouncing back with another 6-0 shutout. The second doubles tandem of Jeremy Gu and Leo Natalizio made quick work of the Wildcats, 6-1, 6-2.