Most spring sports teams don’t go too far into June; in fact, many don’t even make it past May. The ORR girls’ tennis team is one of the few exceptions. But after a victory over Carver, the girls’ state tournament hopes finally ended when they lost to Cohasset 5-0.
Earlier in the week, the team was moved from its home courts to the Marion Indoor Tennis Club due to rainy weather conditions. The poor weather and indoor courts did not have an effect on the Lady Bulldogs, who defeated fifth-seeded Carver 3-1.
Most tennis matches are out of 5, but once ORR’s first double team of Haley Dickerson and Kristen Nascimento secured the win with 6-2, 7-6, sophomore Julia Nojeim’s match was canceled. Old Rochester’s other victories came from number one singles player Abby Offringa, who easily defeated Carver’s Casey Armanetti 6-0, 6-1. Casey Garstang also easily defeated Taylor Berry 6-0, 6-2 at third singles.
The Lady Bulldogs’ fortunes would not hold, however, as they were scheduled to face off against the number one seed, Cohasset, featuring the defending state champion, sophomore Emma Davis. Cohasset had previously beaten Martha’s Vineyard.
Nojeim had the best match of the day for the Bulldogs, but would lose in a hard-fought 6-7, 4-6 decision at second singles. The rest of the Lady Bulldogs lost in a decision of 6-2 or worse for each set.
Unfortunately, this marks the end of the team’s season, where they also snapped a 111-game win streak to Apponequet High School. However, because they defeated Apponequet later in the season, they became SCC Co-Champions, keeping their streak of 10 straight conference championships alive. The girls’ tennis team has exceeded all expectations this year. After taking heavy hits from graduation, they worked hard to keep their dominance alive. The girls finished their season with a great 18-3 record.
By Michael Kassabian