In the last decade, the Acton-Boxborough boys and girls tennis teams have won Dual County League, sectional and state titles.
This season, for the first time, they’ve both put together DCL championship seasons in the same year.
The A-B boys team, who won their first Division 1 state title last year, won their DCL Large title with a 13-1 mark.
The Colonials’ girls team, which won its last of three state titles in 2013, won its DCL Large championship with a 14-0 mark.
On Thursday, June 7, both teams will host their first matches in the MIAA Division 1 North tournaments. The girls, who are seeded first, will host Revere or North Andover. The boys, who are seeded second, host St. John’s Prep or Chelmsford. Both matches are set for 4 p.m., one on the ABRHS courts, one on the RJ Grey Junior High courts.
“Obviously, we graduated some really good players,” said A-B boys coach Kevin Curley. “Really, what’s happened is we’ve developed players over the last six to eight weeks.
The Colonials’ lineup has been set since early in the season, with Sam Maffa at first singles and Joe Maffa at second. Anish Sundaram plays third singles. Tiger Tian and Pasha Nikolayev play first doubles. Jasper Bo and Timmy Ristaino play second doubles.
“The first half of the season, we were getting ready for the playoffs,” Curley said. “We feel good and are looking forward to the tournament.”
While the A-B girls team missed the postseason a year ago, coach Mike Gardner had good reason to be optimistic about this spring.
“We knew there were three really good eighth graders coming in,” Gardner said.
The three players, who are now freshmen, are Sahana Raman, Ashley Parlman and Lindsay Ristaino. They moved into the top three spots. Raman, who is the top under-14 player in New England, has lost just twice at first singles, both times against Concord-Carlisle senior Maggie Dorr, who won the MIAA North singles championship.
Parlman, who lost to Dorr in the finals of the North individual tournament, is undefeated in team play at second singles. Ristaino has yet to lose this season at third singles.
“They’ve been playing at a high level and they’ve done well on the team,” Gardner said.
The two doubles teams include seniors Divya Iyengar and Arushi Bhalchandra and Brittany Zhao and Sameera Boppana.
“The kids are really working well with each other,” Gardner said. “It’s one of the most talented teams that I’ve had and one of the most together teams.”