By BRENDEN SOARES After a longer-than-usual wait, the Rhode Island College women's tennis team is making the most of its non-traditional spring season in 2021, going a perfect 4-0 on the campaign thus far while notching 9-0 shutouts in each of its
By BRENDEN SOARES After a longer-than-usual wait, the Rhode Island College women’s tennis team is making the most of its non-traditional spring season in 2021, going a perfect 4-0 on the campaign thus far while notching 9-0 shutouts in each of its meetings. Three Cranston natives have played a part in the Anchorwomen’s success, with La Salle products Jenna Lisi and Lauren Macera and Cranston East alumna Serena Bobola each earning multiple match victories. Lisi has faced the most challenging slate of the trio, playing in both the number-one singles and doubles slots for RIC, but has managed to dominate her opponents in the former discipline to the point where she has only dropped one game all season. The former Ram is only one of two players on the Anchorwomen that has played in four doubles matches this spring, pairing up with Victoria Vittori to notch an unbeaten mark that includes an 8-0 defeat of a partnership from Western Connecticut on April 7. As a result, the Little East Conference has stood up and taken notice of Lisi’s play this spring, naming the sophomore as its player of the week twice thus far, earning a spot on the league’s weekly honor roll alongside Macera on each occasion. Speaking of Macera, her collegiate career has gotten off to the best possible start as she was named the Little East’s rookie of the week for the weeks ending March 28 and April 11, with her first award coming on the heels of a pair of flawless matches against Castleton. Playing at number-four singles, the ex-Ram made quick work of the Spartans’ Mia Manheimer 6-0, 6-0 before teaming up with Bobola for an 8-0 victory at number-three doubles against Kayon Morgan and Karoline Rettenbacher. Not to be outdone, Bobola is providing veteran leadership and solidity towards the back end of the Anchorwomen’s lineup, with the senior usually playing number-six singles and number-three doubles. The ex-Thunderbolt has occasionally moved up the order, playing in the fourth singles slot on April 10 against Southern Maine and at number-two doubles three days earlier versus Western Connecticut, emerging victorious each time. Halfway through its eight-match slate, RIC is once again proving to be the class of the Little East, having now extended its winning streak against conference opposition to 36 in a row dating back to the 2017 campaign. Western Connecticut awaits as the next challenger to the throne, as the Colonials will take on the Anchorwomen for the second time this season on Tuesday in the hopes that they will be the first team this spring to derail the shutout express.