BACK IN THE SWING – Sports activities – providencejournal.com
Friday was the primary day Rhode Island Interscholastic League colleges might start competitors. With girls and boys cross nation set to begin competing Saturday, the one occasions on the opening day slate had been three women tennis matches.
In case you had been trying to restart highschool sports activities with a bang, having two of the perfect women tennis groups within the state wasn’t a nasty 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, profitable three of 4 singles matches and sweeping the doubles as they downed the Eagles, 6-1.
However simply enjoying meant a bit of greater than the scores.
“It was positively 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 possibility to expertise all this.”
“It was positively 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 most important match on the three-game slate — with deepest apologies to Chariho and Mt. Hope, who met up for an Harm 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 group 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 group 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 had been a delicate reminder that issues had been something however.
Gamers wore masks onto the court docket. There have been no group 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 basically mattered. Being part of a group did.
“It was simply so nice to even be on a bus with the group,” La Salle’s Caroline Taylor mentioned. “It was nice to be with a group typically.”
“There’s positively one thing lacking and you’ll really feel it a bit of. You possibly can’t do issues like group dinners or issues outdoors of follow,” Barrington’s Sonya Pareek mentioned. “However we’re nonetheless bonding and it’s nice to play as a result of we will see one another extra.”
O’Brien, Taylor and No. 4 Blaisedel Frampton helped La Salle get off to the beginning they wished with wins in singles. The Rams had been robust 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 had 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 give attention to subsequent week and the week after we’ll give attention to the week after. You possibly can’t focus too far forward.”
Kate Robertson earned the lone level for Barrington Friday. It wasn’t a great 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 superb actuality examine,” Maher mentioned, “for the remainder of the season.”