By ALEX SPONSELLER
The Cranston West boys tennis team has jumped off to a solid start with a 3-1 record. The Falcons won their first three matches over Westerly, Burrillville and Classical before …
The Cranston West boys tennis team has jumped off to a solid start with a 3-1 record. The Falcons won their first three matches over Westerly, Burrillville and Classical before falling to Cumberland late last week.
Despite the recent loss, West coach Jim Lucas has been happy with the team’s start this spring season.
“I’m thrilled with 3-1, it’s actually better than what my expectations were and it was a great way to start the season and to lift their spirits,” said Lucas.
Leading the way for the Falcons this spring is returning All-State captain Dan Meyerson. Filling in behind him are Mason Harris and Jack DiOrio, while guys such as Kovin Rasombath and Cooper Goodwin are expected to play key roles as well. Isabella Conti has also joined the squad, coming over from the girls team.
“We have some kids coming back from last year and we have some new guys playing, so these are the best numbers that we’ve had in awhile,” said Lucas. “We have 20 kids which has really filled out the middle of our roster. That will help us compete better.”
West will be taking on some tough Division II squads in the coming weeks as it looks to make a playoff push. Although the team is still settling in, Lucas believes that it will be ready to make a run by season’s end and will be taking things one match at a time.
“We are right in (the DII playoff mix). Our returning kids know exactly what they need to be working on while the younger kids just need some experience in matches,” Lucas said. “They will get that as a season plays on, they have the talent so now they just need that competitive experience.”
The Falcons took on Middletown on the road on Wednesday morning, but the results were not available at press time. West will also be in Narragansett on Monday afternoon.
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