After being undefeated in all of its nine previous matches this season, the Mt. Hope tennis team was upset on Monday afternoon losing match number 10 to North Smithfield, 4-3. Mt. Hope is now tied for first place with Rogers High School in Division 3 East, each with a record of 9-1.
The competition lasted nearly four hours before North Smithfield took the final doubles match that gave them the win.
“Tough loss,” said coach Geoff Keegan. “It went until the last possible minute, tied 3-3, until North Smithfield clinched the win at third doubles.”
North Smithfield’s win puts them in a three-way tie for second place with Tiverton and Tolman. The Huskies (9-1) will face Shea High (1-9) at Mt. Hope on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The first match begins at 3:45 p.m.
Results of Mt. Hope vs. North Smithfield:
1st Singles: Lauren Fletcher, Mt. Hope, defeated Meg Mandeville, North Smithfield, 6-3, 6-4
2nd Singles: Tiana Ahmed, North Smithfield, defeated Alyson Dion, Mt. Hope, 6-3, 6-2
3rd Singles: Jessica Blakemore, North Smithfield, defeated Simone Verria, Mt. Hope, 6-4, 6-4
4th Singles: Marisa Silva, Mt. Hope, defeated Morgan Berard, North Smithfield, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
1st Doubles: McKenzie Byrne-Leilani Feleciano, North Smithfield, defeated Destinee DeSousa-Catherine McGee, Mt. Hope, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
2nd Doubles: Sarah Leger-Lauren Manuel, Mt. Hope, defeated Gabby Lafond-Tracy Ayotte, North Smithfield, 6-4, 7-6
3rd Doubles: Caitlyn Murray-Sarah Pugliese, North Smithfield, defeated Kiana Thayer-Hannon-Sophie Costa, Mt. Hope, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2.
On Thursday, Sept. 27, Mt. Hope posted win number nine by beating St. Raphael 5-2. Mt. Hope took three of its four singles matches and two out of three doubles matches.
Results of Mt. Hope vs. St. Raphael:
1st Singles: Lauren Fletcher, Mt. Hope, defeated Andrea Asermely, St. Raphael, 7-6 (7-3) , 6-4
2nd Singles: Alyson Dion, Mt. Hope, defeated Gianna Leone, St. Raphael, 6-1, 6-0
3rd Singles: Lauren Taylor, St. Raphael, defeated Haley Ferreira, Mt. Hope, 6-4, 6-4
4th Singles: Simone Verria, Mt. Hope, defeated Danielle Furtado, St. Raphael, 7-5, 6-1
1st Doubles: Marisa Silva-Destinee DeSousa, Mt. Hope, defeated Luisa Santana-Josenia Henriquez, St. Raphael, 6-4, 6-3
2nd Doubles: Marisa Faltus-Grace Senra, St. Raphael, defeated Sarah Leger-Catherine McGee, Mt. Hope, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
3rd Doubles: Lauren Manuel-Sophie Costa, Mt. Hope, defeated Klara Szilagyi-Kaylin Profit-Dwyer, St. Raphael, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1