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