EAST PROVIDENCE — On a cold Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9, the host East Providence High School girls’ tennis team took on Ponagansett and unfortunately for the locals it did not go well as they lost, 4-2, in a Division II Suburban B match.
The Townies’ Melanie Gorman took home a win in her singles match and the doubles team of Tatiana Andrade and Liza Anderson won their match as well to give E.P. its two points.
In the first singles match, the Townies’ Erica Dutra took on Vera Dionne. Ponagansett’s Dionne seemed to dominate the match as she won the first set 6-1 and then took the second set with that same 6-1 score.
Second singles saw E.P.’s Amber Elderkin play Lina Mansollio of Ponagansett. Elderkin took the first set 6-1, but dropped the next two sets 6-4 and 6-1.
Gorman would help the Townies break through when she beat Ponagansett’s Jessica Raymond in three sets. Gorman lost the first set 6-2 then rallied to take the next two sets 6-3 and then 6-4.
The last singles match saw E.P. senior Tayla Lambert take on Ponagansett’s Marrissa Harding. This was a very close match and well played by both players. Lambert dropped the first set 7-5 and then the second set 6-2.
At first doubles, the Townies’ duo of Haley Augustin and Alyssa Mackevich played Ponagansett’s Samantha Sollecito and Rachel Tassoni. E.P. dropped both sets, 6-3 and 6-3, which clinched the overall victory for the visiting Chieftains.
The last doubles match was between the Townies’ Tatiana Andrade and Liza Anderson and Ponagansett’s Nadia Dionne and McKenzie Ferretti. The E.P. duo played well after dropping the first set, 6-2, but then took the next two sets 7-6 and 7-2.
“I think they played well. I’m really pleased with the way they are playing, and I think they have come a long way. They have made a lot of growth and progress,” said EPHS head coach Kathy Dias. “We’re losing matches but we’re winning games. And that is the best way I can sum it up. Even when we’re losing 4-3 or 5-2, we’re going into the third set and we’re playing tie breakers. So I’m proud of them they did a great job.”
East Providence dropped to 1-10 in the league standings. The Townies close out their season with a home match Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11, at home against Westerly at 3:45 p.m.