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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-09-2019

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Cumberland Lincoln Edition Sports & Recreation @ MAY 9-15, 2019 CUMBERLAND – After appear- ing in last season's Division II semifi- nals for the first time since 2010, the Cumberland High boys' tennis team's number one goal this spring is an obvious one. "Our goal is to make it to the finals," head coach Justin Kuncz said last Thursday afternoon at Tucker Field's courts during his team's 5-2 victory over Middletown. "We want to improve from last year, and the only way to improve from (reaching) the semis is to make the finals. That was our goal coming into the season, and it still is our goal." After 10 matches, it appears that the Clippers have a very good chance to make good on that aspiration. On Monday afternoon, they raised their record to 8-2 by rolling to a 6-1 victo- ry over Narragansett at the Mariners' courts. That win kept the Clippers in a three-way tie for third place with Tiverton, which they beat earlier this season by a 5-2 score, and Ponaganset, which nipped Cumberland in their season opener, 4-3. East Greenwich, which is 11-0, leads the pack, while neighboring Lincoln is in second place with a 10-1 mark. Another nearby opponent, Mount Saint Charles, sits a half game out of third place at 8-3. E.G. and Mount came down from Division I during the RIIL's offseason realignment. "It's going to be interesting," Kuncz said about the rest of the season. "There are a lot of good teams in this division. We just played East Greenwich (on Wednesday, May 1) and they're a really strong team. That match was 5-2. We struggled a little bit, but that was really good competi- tion." The Clippers have five matches left before the playoffs begin in two weeks, and two contests that will Clippers take aim at D-II tennis title In three-way tie for third, Cumberland awaits showdowns with MSC, Lincoln By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor Cumberland sophomore LUKE CUNNINGHAM, shown racing in to return a volley during his match last week against Middletown, is 9-0 at first singles and the top-ranked player in Division II. The Clippers, who are 8-2 and in a three-way tie for third place, will host Portsmouth today at Tucker Field's courts. A marquee show- down against Lincoln awaits Cumberland next Tuesday. BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES See CUMBERLAND, Page 21 Realtor - Market Properties Group - Al Pratte who's looking out for you. Local Different Better. I offer a no price reduction guarantee. Once we list your home, if the listing price is reduced, I will reduce my commission. It's that simple. Who's looking out for you. Al Pratte was born and raised in Cumberland and is ready to partner with you. Contact me at 401-787-0104 or

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