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Sports Roundup: Hopkinton Tennis Tournament crowns champions

by | Oct 2, 2019 | Sports

Ben Daly returns a shot during his semifinal match of the Hopkinton Tennis Tournament on Sept. 15. Daly went on to win the advanced men’s singles and doubles title.

Hopkinton Tennis Tournament crowns champions

Ben Daly was a winner in the advanced men’s singles and advance men’s doubles divisions of the 12th annual Hopkinton Tennis Tournament, which was held Sept. 13-15 at the Hopkinton High School courts.

Daly defeated Austin DeLasse in the singles final, 6-2, 6-1, then paired with DeLasse to roll to the doubles title.

Other winners included Greg DiCenzo, who won an exciting intermediate men’s singles final over Vikram Koganti, 0-6, 6-4, 10-8; Bharath Padala and Bryce Denney, who captured the intermediate men’s doubles title; Ginger Lino and Nancy Driscoll, who won the advanced women’s doubles crown; Blanca DeLasse and Ann Dekruyff, who won the intermediate women’s doubles title; and Kim Pulnik and Jim Rosenberg, who teamed up to win the intermediate mixed doubles division.

HHS VB off to strong start

The Hopkinton High girls volleyball team cruised through the early part of its season, winning its first seven matches. The highlight came on Sept. 13 when the Hillers knocked off 2018 Division state finalist Barnstable in a statement win. The stands were packed at HHS to see the two powerhouses face off, and the home team did not disappoint. Senior setter Angie Grabmeier had 22 assists, nine kills, nine digs and 17 service points to spark the win. Senior middle blocker Ashley McDermott had six kills and five blocks, while senior libero Morgan Allen contributed 22 digs and solid passing.

Hillers football struggles early

The HHS football team dropped its first two games under first-year coach Dan MacLean.

In a visit to Hingham on Sept. 20, Hopkinton fell 41-23. Quarterback Robby Bernardin threw two touchdown passes, one to his brother, Tommy Bernardin, and the other to Brian Keefe. Junior running back Cam Mulvaney rushed for the Hillers’ final TD.

In the opener at Wayland on Sept. 13, the Hillers dropped a 23-20 decision. Mulvaney scored all three Hopkinton touchdowns. He rushed 16 times for 61 yards and two TDs and caught five passes for 93 yards, including a 73-yard TD catch. However, Mulvaney was stopped short on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with four minutes left in the game as Wayland held on for the win.

Gaughan earns conference honor

Franciscan University soccer goalie Brian Gaughan was named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Week late last month. The junior from Hopkinton posted two shutouts and allowed just one goal (on a penalty kick) in 254 minutes during the week, making 15 saves.

Gaughan had four shutouts and a 0.57 goals-against average through the team’s first seven games, helping the Barons to a 5-1-1 record.

Jaye competes in Mass. Amateur

Hopkinton golfer Abby Jaye competed in the 116th Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship in August. After shooting a 91 in the first round, Jaye came back with an 83 in Round 2. However, she missed advancing to match play (top 32 golfers) by one stroke.

Jaye, who represented Hopkinton Country Club, is a freshman at Stonehill College.