By Eric Dickervitz
BRISTOL—The Mt. Hope High School girls’ tennis team went undefeated in their regular season matches, but couldn’t harness enough wins from the equally undefeated Scituate High School team in Saturday’s state championships held at Slater Park in Pawtucket.
During the three-hour match, the strategy for eventual state champions Scituate, and the runner-up, Mt. Hope, appeared to be “outlast the opponent,” resulting in many exciting, lengthy rallies between opposing players.
“That’s typical in division three,” said Huskies’ head coach, Geoff Keegan.
That style of play also resulted in tournament officials repeatedly reminding fans to cheer only for points earned, not for points given up by player error.
For the Huskies, it was only their number one and two singles players who could outlast Scituate.
Mt. Hope’s Lauren Fletcher, who only lost one match this season, was the first Mt. Hope player to post a win after beating out Scituate’s Jade Annaldo, who salted each return with heavy backspin. Lauren easily adjusted and completed her match in just under an hour.
The Huskies’ only other win for the day came in the second singles match where Haley Ferreira defeated Leah McCarvill in a close 6-3, 7-6 win.
“It’s a tough one right now,” Mr. Keegan said as his team carried their belongings to the awaiting bus. “They won 32 (matches) and lost two over the last two years,” he said. “They’re a strong team.”