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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-08-2019

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ MAY 8-14, 2019 PAWTUCKET – After suffering its first Division III defeat of the year last Wednesday, the Tolman/Shea co-op boys' tennis team bounced back the following afternoon to net a close 4-3 victory over Exeter/West Greenwich at Slater Park. The team, which is in its third year as a co-op program under head coach John Jasionowski, came into this week with a 5-1 mark and a battle with (also 5-1) Scituate on deck. But while he has most of last season's team back this spring, Jasionowski has barely had enough players to field a full lineup. "This is a tough year," Jasionowski said. "We had 18 kids sign up and basically wound up with 11. Even with 11 players, we're doing as much as we can." And of course, there has been the seemingly never-ending rain, which has postponed quite a few matches and limited the team to just four appearances in the month of April. "Right now, this is my sixth match of the year," Jasionowski said last Thursday. "And we haven't gotten to the meat of the schedule. (This week), I have four matches, and then three matches the following week. It's going to be a busy season." The team's starting lineup has been primarily made up of five players from Tolman, four from Shea, and another one from the Jacqueline Walsh School for the Arts on Division Street. Tolman freshman Jeremy Clark has played at number one singles, while Shea seniors Alec Goldberg and Dao Thounsavath have been in the next two singles spots and Tolman senior Matt Silva has appeared at number four. Goldberg is back with the team after having to sit out last year with a back injury. The doubles teams include Shea senior first-year player Lewis Gomes and JMW senior Josiah Morris at number one, Tolman senior Nico Bonella and sophomore Zach Williams at number two, and Shea senior David Ofori and Tolman junior Rodrigo Espinal at number three. "I have to say that the surprise is the (number) one doubles team," Jasionowski said. "They're undefeated at this point." The team, which has three captains, Thounsavath, Silva, and Morris, rolled through its first four matches, win- ning three by 7-0 scores and the other before finally appearing in a close match last week with Westerly, which improved to 7-2. And even though his team was unable to pull out a victory, losing 4-3, Jasionowski was pleased with his team's play. "It came down to the second dou- bles in the third set," Jasionowski said. "They didn't win, but they stuck with it. They could have given up. The tiebreaker was 13-11 in the second set, and the third set was back and forth, but they wound up losing, 6-4. But everybody was into it, and I was very, very happy." In last Thursday's victory over EWG, Clark netted a 6-0, 6-0 win and Thounsavath was a 6-1, 6-2 win- ner in their singles matches. The first doubles squad of Gomes and Morris continued its winning ways with a 6-2, 6-2 victory, and the third doubles team of Ofori and Espinal also posted a 6-0, 6-0 shutout. Jasionowski highlighted the top teams in D-III and how close the divi- sion was going to be this year. He said that Coventry, Providence Country Day, Woonsocket, and East Providence are very good teams and worthy contenders, but his team clear- ly wants to win it all this season. "I have nine seniors," Jasionowski said. "Basically, Co-op tennis squad takes swing at top spot in D-III Tolman/Shea brings 5-1 mark into grueling four-match week By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com Left, Tolman/Shea number one singles player JEREMY CLARK gives it his all as he serves the ball during his 6-0, 6-0 victory last Thursday afternoon against Exeter/West Greenwich at Slater Park. BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Tolman/Shea number two singles player ALEC GOLDBERG turned in a solid effort last Thrusday despite dropping a marathon 7-6, 5-7, 10-8 decision. BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU See TENNIS, Page 16

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