With Andover's season coming down to the final set of the day, Golden Warriors coach Jen Deschenes looked to a pair of seniors to lead the way.
"It came down to the third set, it had gotten very windy and the pressure was intense," said Deschenes. "But they were able to stay positive and held it together. Mental toughness is so important, and it was huge."
Kirsten Arvidson and Philine Huizing battled to take No. 2 doubles 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to lead top-seeded Andover past No. 9 Lexington 3-2 in the Division 1 North quarterfinals last Tuesday.
Rachel Ochs added an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 3 singles and Sarah Arvidson, the sophomore sister of Kirsten, took No. 2 singles.
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The Golden Warriors fell to Acton-Boxboro 3-2 last Wednesday in the Division 1 North semifinals.
Sparked by a come-from-behind victory at No. 3 singles for Christian Waters, No. 3 Andover sailed past No. 11 Acton-Boxboro 5-0 in the Division 1 North quarterfinals last Tuesday.
Austin Bendetson added a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win at No. 2 singles while Jeff Birenbaum and Shane Huggins won No. 1 doubles for the Golden Warriors.
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Jeff Birenbaum and Shane Huggins took No. 1 doubles, but Andover fell to Lexington 3-2 in the Division 1 North semifinals last Wednesday. Christian Waters added a win at No. 3 singles.
Andover struggled on defense and fell to Framingham 16-5 in the Division 1 North semifinals last Wednesday.
Andover went ahead 1-0 on a goal by Jen Caro 54 seconds into the game. The Golden Warriors held the lead until 18:53 seconds remained in the first half.
Andover coach John McVeigh said he hopes the underclassmen will learn from this game and take it as a challenge as they go forth in their careers.
"We have very talented underclassmen," Alex Alois said. "They just have to take this loss and use it as fire in their bellies and come back next year even stronger."
Moira Cronin's victory in the pole vault (5-9) led a number of stellar finishes for Andover at the New England Track Championship on Saturday.
The boys 4x100 and 4x400 each earned seconds while Christopher McConnell (100) was seventh and Pat Farnham (200) was 16th.
For the girls, the 4x100 was second while Eve Bishop was sixth in the 200 and Kayla Baldwin was ninth in the 100.