When Division 3 North Champion Manchester Essex meets Division 3 South Champion Cohasset today in the Division 3 State Semifinals at Newton South High School (3:30 p.m.) it will truly be a clash of the Titans.
The Hornets were clearly the class of the North section rolling through it with relative ease with the exception of a hard fought match against always a formidable Bedford team. No team could match the talent and resume Manchester Essex brought to the table.
Cohasset, however, is a team that can match the Hornets talent, maybe the first team all season, and has the resume to go with it after rolling through the South section while barely breaking a sweat.
The teams enter today’s highly anticipated state semifinal tilt with a combined record of 41-0 (Manchester Essex 20-0, Cohasset 21-0) and each enter with rosters loaded with talent from top to bottom.
The match was originally scheduled to be played Monday, just a day after Cohasset clinched the South sectional title with a win over Ursuline. But inclement weather pushed the match back to this afternoon, where two titans with plenty of rest and plenty of wins will vie for a spot in the state title game.
“Across the board it’s going to be a battle,” Manchester Essex head coach Phil Logsdon said. “I’m expecting a lot of great tennis and a lot of points in every match. They aren’t used to losing and neither are we. It’s going to be a battle royale, our most interesting match of the season.”
Today’s winner will move on to the Division 3 State Championship Game on Friday at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury (3:30 p.m.). Division 3 West Champion Monument Mountain awaits the winner after topping Division 3 Central Champion Sutton in its state semifinal match.
The state semifinal’s marquee matchup will be at No. 1 singles where two unbeaten players with impressive resumes will square off. Manchester Essex’s Brittany Collens, a New Mexico St. University bound senior and North Sectional Individual Finalist, will meet Emma Davis of Cohasset, the South Sectional Individual Champion.