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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-31-2019

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 PAWTUCKET – After the Ponaganset High girls' tennis team was shut out by Middletown in last year's Division II finals – a match that clearly belonged to the Islanders and took them just 51 minutes to wrap up – the returning players on the Chieftains vowed to not only return to Slater Park for this season's title match, but also put forth a bet- ter performance and take home the program's first championship in eight years. And the Chieftains, to their credit, did everything they could during the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs to return to last Saturday afternoon's champion- ship match against Mount Hope, but despite playing much better than they did in last October's finals, they suf- fered a 4-1 defeat to the Huskies. In a match that was as tight as their regular-season meeting, which the Huskies won by a 4-3 score on Sept. 19 at the Chieftains' courts, Mount Hope jumped out to a 2-0 lead by handily winning the first doubles and third singles matches, but the rest of the afternoon saw some interesting battles, including four matches that went three sets. Senior Andolina Cipriano supplied the Chieftains with their lone vic- tory by topping Jill Parker in second singles, 6-2, 6-2, but seven minutes later, the Huskies made it a 3-1 con- test when Meagan Dolan battled back from an opening-set defeat to defeat Ponaganset junior Amelia Campanella, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. But it took the Huskies, who ended their season with a 15-1 record and their progam's first title since they won the Division III championship seven years ago, quite some time to grab their fourth and decisive point. The second doubles match between Ponaganset freshmen Anneliese Curry and Katie Tancrede and Mount Hope's Marissa Astrologo and Catherine Quesnelle came down to a third-set tiebreaker. And when it appeared that the third doubles match, pitting Ponaganset junior Natalie Gray and freshman Daniela Harkness against Mount Hope's BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Above, Ponaganset seniors, from left, LI RAJOTTE, SAMANTHA HARKNESS, KATIE MOONEY, ELLYSA TANCREDE, and ANDOLINA CIPRIANO show off their team's runner-up plaque after the Chieftains suf- fered a 4-1 loss to Mount Hope in last Saturday afternoon's Division II finals at Slater Park. Right, Cipriano picked up the Chieftains' point in Saturday's title match by rolling to a 6-2, 6-2 victory in second singles. Chieftains bow in D-II finals again Girls' tennis team's six-match win streak ends with 4-1 defeat to Mount Hope By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See PONAGANSET, Page 20 Accepting New Patients Dental Associates of RI General dentistry with a caring touch Welcomes Dianne Accetturo, R.D.H. Amalgam free Root Canal Specialist on Staff 401-331-7665 1414 Atwood Avenue, Suite 350, Johnston, RI 02919 www.MyRIsmile.com

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