For the senior’s on this year’s Men’s Tennis team, they are looking to finish what they started four years ago. As freshmen, Austin Cobb, Michael Moody, and Matthew Moody were key components to a Millbrook team that won the 4A Dual Team State Championship. Since that victory in 2013, the last two seasons have ended one win short of a state championship with losses in the Eastern Regional Final to the eventual and current back-to-back state champions in Wakefield.
The Wildcats have a full team back on the court, and since dropping a heartbreaker in the season opener to a talented Enloe team, they’ve won their last three matches, including an upset win over one of the state’s top ranked teams on Wednesday afternoon, East Chapel Hill. At 3-1 overall, and 2-1 in the Cap-8 Conference, one the of the team’s toughest matches lies ahead on Thursday afternoon, and it is an all too familiar foe in the Wakefield Wolverines. With some of the top depth in the not only the conference, but the region, Millbrook expects to contend for a trip back to the state championship, and to finally dethrone Wakefield.
Cobb, and the two Moody’s are expected to anchor down the top half of the Wildcat lineup 1-3. Matthew Moody is 2-2 so far this season in the top singles spot for Millbrook, his brother Michael has the same record while occupying the second slot in the early going. Austin Cobb is a three-time all conference selection, and three-time all region selection who has won his first two singles matches since returning to the team after playing basketball. Last spring, he made it the state championship in 4A doubles before falling to the pairing of Bo Boyden and Jensen Martin from where? Wakefield.
Austin Cobb battled beside then-freshman, Josiah Schainblatt in last year’s double championship. Schainblatt, an all-state selection last season is expected to be one of the top 3-5 players in the area on a very deep Millbrook team. The depth keeps on going as Mohamed Almontaser is already 2-0 this season when playing in the fifth singles pairing. Almontaser was a very key piece over the course of the last few year’s to Sanderson’s team having played the top singles spot for the Spartans for most of last year. Senior Rayan Jabr, Sophomore Josh McCorquodale, and the Freshman trio of Sam Levine, Alex Crabtree, and Andrew Lopez have all seen time at the back end up of the singles lineup as either #5’s or #6’s. Between those five, they are a combined 4-2 this season.
Millbrook is 9-0 this season in doubles matches, and Coach Isdahl has found success with a host of Wildcats in the lineup. Michael Moody and Mohamed Almontaser along with Cobb and Schainblatt lead all doubles pairings at 2-0 but victories have come in with the help of senior Sean Gelband, sophomores Alex McCloskey, and Colin Wieber along with sophomore Connor Root, and freshman Adrian Taranto who paired up beat Wake Forest’s #3 doubles pairing in the team’s first win of the season.