The Queen Marys College (QMC) Boys A team have won their latest fixture and are now just one match away from the National Finals in the Senior Students Competition to be held at Bolton Arena next month. The team of Loic Armstrong, Nick Dingwall, Ali Olrog and Adam Hood beat Whitgift School from Surrey 10-2 in the home fixture contested at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre, to secure their place in the last sixteen.
In the singles, the team won three of their four matches to lead 6-2 (3-1) going into the doubles. Armstrong won 6-4, Dingwall 6-4, Olrog 6-0 and Hood lost 6-0. In doubles the boys won both matches to give the team the overall win and fast track them into the final knock out round with Armstrong/Hood winning 6-2 and Dingwall/Olrog 6-4.
QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson said “This was a great win by the QMC team, the match could have easily swung the other way in the singles with Nick and Loic’s opponents getting many balls back but their patience and greater consistency paid off allowing us to take a 3-1 lead going into the doubles.”
“Our first pairing of Loic and Adam played really well together making many decisive interceptions at the net and in the other pairing, excellent serving from Ali and some an early break of serve enabled them to serve out the match 6-4.”
The team will now travel to play in an away fixture against either Bede’s School from Sussex or Kent’s Tonbridge School which will be decided when the two play each other in their fixture which was postponed due to inclement weather.
Goldson added “This is a great run by the QMC team and with our top three singles players still unbeaten we are confident going into our final knock out match but know we have to be in top form to secure a place at the Finals in Bolton. We await to see our opposition – Bedes or Tonbridge School – either way the match will be away.”
The Mixed team are also through to the final rounds of the knock out stage after they won their group with a last win at the end of last year when the team of Nick Dingwall/Laura Jones and Ali Olrog/Beth Lowe beat Rikkyo School in a shot out 10-6 after the match finished in a tie. This final victory added to previous wins against Bede’s School and Lancing College and the team then benefitted from a bye in the first knock out round.
Goldson said at the time of the Rikkyo match “With the match tied it went to a shoot out which Beth and Nick won 10-6. This was a tightly contested match with QMC not at their best in this match but we managed to come through to have an unbeaten run in the group and qualify for the knock out stages which is brilliant.”
The team now face local rivals Peter Symonds College from Winchester in a tough home fixture at the end of February that will determined who will represent the county in Bolton at the National Finals.