Portsmouth boys’ tennis team blanks Woonsocket

Luke Lewis, the number-one singles player on the PHS team, returns the ball against the Woonsocket opponent whom he ultimately defeated Thursday afternoon. Luke Lewis, the number-one singles player on the PHS team, returns the ball against the Woonsocket opponent whom he ultimately defeated Thursday afternoon.

Luke Lewis, the number-one singles player on the PHS team, returns the ball against the Woonsocket opponent whom he ultimately defeated Thursday afternoon.

Luke Lewis, the number-one singles player on the PHS team, returns the ball against the Woonsocket opponent whom he ultimately defeated Thursday afternoon.

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School varsity boys’ tennis team got its season off to a fine start Thursday when it defeated Woonsocket High School 7-0 in a division match at home.

Head coach Tina Schroeder said she’s excited about the new season.

“I think it’s going to be the strongest team we’ve had since I’ve been here,” she said while watching Thursday’s play. “We’ve got depth this year, especially in the doubles lineup.”

Senior Luke Lewis has the number-one spot in singles play.

“This is Luke’s first time playing number one. He’s really strong. He would have played number one all last year except that he missed all of the tryouts and then he came in two weeks into the season,” she said, noting the Luke eventually made his way up to the number-three spot last season.

Team members are still “jockeying” for the two-through-four singles positions.

“I except some movement there when they do their challenge matches every Friday,” Ms. Schroeder said, noting that players are closely matched in both singles and doubles.

Like the team, its division is particularly deep this year, she said.

“I’d like to see us do better against Middletown and Chariho,” she said. “Those were close losses last year. I’d like to see a good showing against Prout. But really Middletown.”

The team next faces Burrillville High School in away match Tuesday, April 8, at 4 p.m.

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