BACK IN THE SWING: R.I. highschool sports activities returns – Sports activities – providencejournal.com
Friday was the primary day Rhode Island Interscholastic League faculties might start competitors. With girls and boys cross nation set to begin competing Saturday, the one occasions on the opening day slate have been three ladies tennis matches.
When you have been seeking to restart highschool sports activities with a bang, having two of the very best ladies tennis groups within the state wasn’t a foul technique to start.
The final match of the 2019 season was one of many first in 2020 as defending champ La Salle traveled to play Barrington. The Rams picked up proper the place they left off, successful three of 4 singles matches and sweeping the doubles as they downed the Eagles, 6-1.
However simply taking part in meant slightly greater than the scores.
“It was undoubtedly very good to get again to the court docket. It was superb to be the primary sport to play since March,” mentioned La Salle’s Hannah O’Brien, who gained her match at No. 1 singles. “I really feel very grateful for the prospect to expertise all this.”
“It was undoubtedly good contemplating we didn’t even know if we’d have a season,” Barrington No. 1 Caroline Maher mentioned. “Being on the market, particularly as a senior, it was only a nice expertise to have.”
Whereas it was the largest match on the three-game slate — with deepest apologies to Chariho and Mt. Hope, who met up for an Damage Fund battle — it wasn’t the primary highschool competitors of the season.
By means of their 3:30 p.m. beginning time, East Windfall and Windfall Nation Day gained the honors of being the primary groups to compete within the COVID-19 period.
The Townies walked away as 5-2 winners of their Division III match, getting wins from No. 1 Raissa Luu and No. 4 Wendy Carvalho and the No. 1 doubles crew of Jaelyn DaSilva and Emma Gilheeney additionally serving to. Forfeit wins at Nos. 2 and three doubles additionally gave EP the excellence of being the primary undefeated crew of the season.
Throughout the Bay, the place temperatures and the breeze made it really feel like some other match between the Rams and Eagles, the masks and social distancing have been a delicate reminder that issues have been something however.
Gamers wore masks onto the court docket. There have been no crew introductions, no huddles and gamers needed to serve their very own tennis balls, which meant consistently checking balls on the bottom to see in the event that they belonged to you.
None of that actually mattered. Being part of a crew did.
“It was simply so nice to even be on a bus with the crew,” La Salle’s Caroline Taylor mentioned. “It was nice to be with a crew generally.”
“There’s undoubtedly one thing lacking and you’ll really feel it slightly. You’ll be able to’t do issues like crew dinners or issues exterior of apply,” Barrington’s Sonya Pareek mentioned. “However we’re nonetheless bonding and it’s nice to play as a result of we are able to see one another extra.”
O’Brien, Taylor and No. 4 Blaisedel Frampton helped La Salle get off to the beginning they needed with wins in singles. The Rams have been sturdy at doubles final yr and this yr doesn’t look a lot completely different. Maya Stepic and Lindsey Frisina gained at No. 1, Leila Toubia and Arianna DeThomas gained at No. 2 and Sophia DeThomas and Sofia Rose have been winners at No. 3.
If the defending champs weren’t the favourite this season, they’re now.
“We’re taking it like each different yr — one match at a time,” O’Brien mentioned. “This week was Barrington, subsequent week we’ll deal with subsequent week and the week after we’ll deal with the week after. You’ll be able to’t focus too far forward.”
Kate Robertson earned the lone level for Barrington Friday. It wasn’t a perfect begin for the Eagles nevertheless it was a begin. They only hope the end will get them a rematch with La Salle.
“It’s a great actuality verify,” Maher mentioned, “for the remainder of the season.”