By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West girls tennis team topped visiting Chariho 5-2 last week to improve its record to a strong 5-1 to begin the year. The Falcons faced a tough task, having to compete without captains Savanna Rasombath and Olivia Martin.
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West girls tennis team topped visiting Chariho 5-2 last week to improve its record to a strong 5-1 to begin the year.
The Falcons faced a tough task, having to compete without captains Savanna Rasombath and Olivia Martin.
However, West did not blink and wrapped up the decisive victory.
Marissa Such won her singles match 6-4, 6-3, while Isabella Conti won hers 6-1, 6-1. Mia Buco, who usually plays doubles, filled in at singles and wrapped up a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win, while usual doubles teammate Sanjana Ananthula won her singles match 6-3, 6-3.
West doubles pair of Sara Capasso and Gabriella Centracchio won 6-3, 7-6.
West coach Jim Lucas was proud of his team’s ability to overcome the adversity and is confident in his depth as the Lady Falcons eye a title run.
“Mia Buco had a very big win for us today. She was down a set but came back from behind and won it. Sanjana also won. Those two girls are usually our first doubles but played singles today. That was big, they really stepped up and played fantastic. We’ve got many players, the middle of the ladder is huge. We have a lot of girls that can step up and play,” said Lucas.
Lucas has also been happy with the leadership of his three senior captains, especially during an abnormal season such as this one.
“It’s wonderful. The kids are working hard, they’re enthusiastic, and I am excited for them. It’s a great thing. We’ve had some great weather, we have three fantastic captains, we have a great team. Our captains, Savanna, Marissa Such and Olivia Martin have done a great job of keeping everything organized and everyone together,” said Lucas.
As the Falcons get set to enter the meat of their schedule in the next two weeks, they hope to continue to improve and focus on the little things.
“We want to be more consistent, give away fewer points,” said Lucas. “We have to work on our volleying skills, but those are things that we will work on, we can do drills to improve those things. I am really just happy for the kids that they get a chance to play, especially the seniors.”