Mt. Hope tennis team clinches quarterfinals match, advance to Thursday’s semi-finals.

Mt. Hope tennis team clinches quarterfinals match, advance to Thursday’s semi-finals.

Catherine McGee, left, and Sarah Leger of Mt. Hope battled chilly winds at Tuesday's quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Mt. Hope High School tennis team continued its winning way on Tuesday afternoon, easily clinching an advance to the semi-final bracket to be played in North Kingstown on Thursday. The first playoff match-up was held at Slater Park in Pawtucket, where the Huskies faced Warwick Veterans High School winning 3-1.

“The girls definitely know what they have accomplished this season but after having a lost to North Smithfield, we regrouped and were not taking any match for granted,” said coach Geoff Keegan. “We knew facing Woonsocket, even though their record was 1-12, they would be a tough opponent. Luckily, the girls played well and we got the win 6-1.”

Mr. Keegan said that the team will continue to prepare for the post season play in the same manner they prepared all season.

“We are focusing on one match at a time and continuing with the same drive we’ve had all season to win matches and play good tennis,” he said.

Placed in a new division this season, Mr. Keegan did not know what to expect of the new competition, having faced only Rogers and Tiverton High Schools in previous seasons.

“All I had for information to go off of for the other teams were last year’s records of every team we were facing this year,” he said.

(North Smithfield was 10-4, Tolman 6-8, Woonsocket 4-10, Shea 3-11, St. Raphael 0-14).

“I figured we had a good shot to compete within the division and at least go .500 on the season. Plus, we knew we had to bounce back from 4-8 record last season,” he said.

After beating Woonsocket, Mt. Hope held onto first place in their division and number one seed for the playoffs. In the quarter-final, Mt. Hope, with a 13-1 record, faced Warwick Veterans, with a 13-1 record.

The Huskies gave up one match in singles play on Tuesday, but a 3rd doubles win by Lauren Manuel and Sophie Costa clinched the quarter-finals and moved the team into the semi-finals.

1st Singles: Lauren Smith, Warwick Veterans, defeated Lauren Fletcher, Mt. Hope,7-5, 7-5
2nd Singles: Alyson Dion, Mt. Hope, defeated Jamie Yates, Warwick Veterans,6-2, 6-4
3rd Singles: Haley Ferreira, Mt. Hope, defeated Olivia Roy, Warwick Veterans,6-2, 6-1
4th Singles: Simone Verria, Mt. Hope, defeated Thalia Rivera-Ortiz, Warwick Veterans, 6-3, 6-1

Clinching the quarter-final match playing 3rd doubles, Lauren Manuel-Sophie Costa, of Mt. Hope  defeated Alison Chace-Amanda Reid, Warwick Veterans, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

FINAL SCORE:  Mt. Hope 4, Warwick Vets 1

Mt. Hope’s win over Woonsocket put the team at 13-1, a nearly perfect season.

Mt. Hope vs. Woonsocket (Oct. 11)

1st Singles: Lauren Fletcher, Mt. Hope, defeated Malina Phommachanh, Woonsocket,6-1, 6-1
2nd Singles: Alyson Dion, Mt. Hope, defeated Amy Boutaboubane, Woonsocket,6-0, 6-4
3rd Singles: Haley Ferreira, Mt. Hope, defeated Mysha Phommachanh, Woonsocket,6-3, 6-4
4th Singles: Kingdala Khounkham, Woonsocket, defeated Simone Verria, Mt. Hope,6-2, 7-5

1st Singles: Marisa Silva-Destinee DeSousa, Mt. Hope, defeated Emily Leak-Stephanie Ratsapho, Woonsocket,6-3, 6-1
2nd Singles: Sarah Leger-Catherine McGee, Mt. Hope, defeated Kristina Pralaya-Tamara Snow, Woonsocket,6-1, 6-2
3rd Singles: Lauren Manuel-Sophie Costa, Mt. Hope, won by forfeit.

FINAL SCORE:  Mt. Hope 6, Woonsocket 1