Weather and Schedule Has Tennis Team Hopping

Two wins and two matches remaining this week.

A revamped schedule and rainy weather has the Swampscott High girls tennis team on the go this week, but surely in the right direction:  the Big Blue girls topped Lynn Classical 5-0 Monday, and followed up with a solid 4-1 triumph over Beverly Tuesday to boost their record to 3-2. 

Wednesday's match against Revere was postponed to Thursday, and the girls finish the week Friday at Lynnfield.

 The Big Blue varsity dominated on Monday. 

Kelsey O'Brian took 1st singles 6-2,6-1; Rita Tsokanis took 2nd singles 6-1, 6-0; Tatum Pederson rounded the sweep 6-1, 6-1.  In doubles play, Francesca Pelletier and Shannon Toner won at 1st doubles 6-1, 6-1 and Alicia Coyle and Ashley Petras squeezed a win in second doubles 7-5, 6-3. 

They almost repeated the feat Tuesday, but Kelsey O'Brian met her match against Beverly's undefeated Sophie Blau.  The lone other change from Monday saw Alicia Coyle team with Danica Villanueva in second doubles.

Coach Nina Rogers hopes that her continued tinkering with her doubles combinations will set the team in good stead as they near the halfway mark of the season.

"Our first doubles team (Pelletier and Toner) has dubbed themselves 'Fang and Shang' and they're on a roll right now," said the coach. 

She has tried several combinations at doubles and is hopeful that she has struck a good chord.  "There's a lot of individual talent at that position, but the key to a good doubles match is playing as a team." 

The coach also lauded her sub-varsity players, who could push for spots on the varsity with continued success. 

Danica Villanueva and Becky Giller won their match 6-1 Monday and the second sub-varsity match also saw first-year player Erika Markarian and sophomore Allegra Walker score a 7-5 win. 

Viewing the road ahead, Coach Rogers is optimistic. 

"We have the potential to take two more this week with the right attitude and team effort by all.  My objectives are to continue working on doubles strategy as well as just fine tuning each of the singles players games to get the most of their talent."  



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