The Vineyard boys’ tennis team turned in their strongest performance of the season Friday afternoon in Barnstable, but could not overcome the rackets of Cape Cod Academy, falling 3-2 in the finals of the MIAA South Section Tournament.

This was the first year the team has advanced to the section finals.

At first singles, Reid Yennie pushed his first set against undefeated Jon Zelman to a tiebreaker, which Reid then won after over an hour of play. His opponent came back in the second two sets to take the match 7-6, 2-6, 2-6.

Kent Leonard, playing at second singles, also took his first set to a tiebreaker game after being up 5-2 against opponent Will White. Will surged back to force the tiebreaker, but Kent rallied for the win and subsequently blanked Will in the next set to win the game 7-6, 6-0.

Justice Yennie is undefeated on the season after beating Sam Lahart 6-3, 6-4.

Both doubles teams dropped their matches despite the second doubles team of Justin Smith and Ryan Sawyer winning their first set. Justin and Ryan turned in scores of 6-2, 4-6, 3-6. At first doubles, Jackson McBride and Patrick McCarthy fell 3-6, 2-6.

The scores from the court do not truly reflect the level of play exhibited during the finals match, which coach Ned Fennessy described as “the best match of year.”

“That’s the closest we’ve ever come to beating them,” said captain Reid Yennie.

The Vineyarders took only three losses this season, all coming at the hands of Cape Cod Academy.

A full report of the match with photos will appear in Tuesday’s Gazette.