With temperatures eclipsing 100 degrees Wednesday afternoon on the tennis courts at Concord-Carlisle High School, the boys' tennis team took the heat in stride, shutting out Wayland to cap an undefeated regular season.
"We've got a real hot one today," said Concord-Carlisle coach Alex Spence, whose words referred to the temperature, but could well have referred to his team's performance in not allowing Wayland to win a single set.
Concord senior Jay Berajawala logged the first win of the day, beating Wayland junior Cole Mattlowitz in singles two sets to none. Junior Hayden Callahan followed suit soon after, cleaning up with another quick 2-0 win in singles against Wayland's Alex Marks.
In the last singles game of the afternoon, senior Alex Japko took home the win against Wayland sophomore Jackson Hubbell in a match that was more drawn out than the other two, but Concord-Carlisle still prevailed.
In the day's doubles matches, seniors Alex Cragan and Ben Aghion came back from a 5-4 deficit in their first set to win 6-4, and dominated their second set 6-2 against Wayland's Conor O'Neill and Seth Harper. After the match, Aghion said he believes Concord-Carlisle will win the state championship.
Seniors Zach Rodriguez and David O'Connor also won their doubles match, the only of the five played that was done so in the shade, where the temperature was lower, at 93 degrees.
Concord-Carlisle advances to the playoffs after an undefeated, 18-0 season. Wayland fell to 5-11 with the loss.
Coach Spence said he remains wary though of tough competition in the tournament, despite his team's success Wednesday.
"Success in the playoffs depends on if we stay healthy and focused," Spence said.
It would do well for Concord to remain focused, as a majority of their team is graduating this year. While Berajawala hopes to play for University of Southern California, other seniors on the team, such as Cragan, Rodriguez, and O'Connor, said they don't immediately have plans to continue playing after high school.