Friday was the primary day Rhode Island Interscholastic League colleges might start competitors. With girls and boys cross nation set to start out competing Saturday, the one occasions on the opening day slate have been three women tennis matches.
In the event you have been trying to restart highschool sports activities with a bang, having two of the very best women tennis groups within the state wasn’t a foul approach 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 taking part in meant a bit of greater than the scores.
“It was positively very good to get again to the courtroom. It was wonderful to be the primary sport to play since March,” stated La Salle’s Hannah O’Brien, who received 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 stated. “Being on the market, particularly as a senior, it was only a nice expertise to have.”
Whereas it was the largest match on the three-game slate — with deepest apologies to Chariho and Mt. Hope, who met up for an Damage Fund battle — it wasn’t the primary highschool competitors of the season.
By the use of their 3:30 p.m. beginning time, East Windfall and Windfall Nation Day received 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 crew 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 crew of the season.
Throughout the Bay, the place temperatures and the breeze made it really feel like every other match between the Rams and Eagles, the masks and social distancing have been a delicate reminder that issues have been something however.
Gamers wore masks onto the courtroom. There have been no crew introductions, no huddles and gamers needed to serve their very own tennis balls, which meant continually checking balls on the bottom to see in the event that they belonged to you.
None of that actually mattered. Being part of a crew did.
“It was simply so nice to even be on a bus with the crew,” La Salle’s Caroline Taylor stated. “It was nice to be with a crew on the whole.”
“There’s positively one thing lacking and you may really feel it a bit of. You possibly can’t do issues like crew dinners or issues exterior of apply,” Barrington’s Sonya Pareek stated. “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 have been robust at doubles final yr and this yr doesn’t look a lot totally different. Maya Stepic and Lindsey Frisina received at No. 1, Leila Toubia and Arianna DeThomas received at No. 2 and Sophia DeThomas and Sofia Rose have 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 stated. “This week was Barrington, subsequent week we’ll deal with subsequent week and the week after we’ll deal with 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 simply hope the end will get them a rematch with La Salle.
“It’s an excellent actuality examine,” Maher stated, “for the remainder of the season.”