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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-14-2020

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation @ OCTOBER 14-20, 2020 Saints nip Tigers to net first victory Pawtucket's high school girls' tennis teams finally open Division III season By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor PAWTUCKET – The St. Raphael Academy girls' tennis team's abbrevi- ated season promises to contain plenty of excitement this month. The opening week of the Division III season certainly provided the Saints with a couple of nailbiters. After suffering a 4-3 defeat to Woonsocket High in their Division III opener last Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Vets Park, the Saints came back two afternoons later to top neighboring rival Tolman High at Slater Park by the same score. The Saints, who have been one of the D-III's most successful teams the past couple of seasons, accumulating a 21-8 record and reaching the D-III quarterfinals last season and the semis in 2018, graduated three seniors, but have six newcomers joining last year's returning starters. "Obviously, I want to go out and play hard and win, but I also want to see everyone have fun and stay healthy," noted SRA head coach Scott Corain after his match against the Tigers. "It's a modified season this year, but at least it's something to get these kids playing, so we'll see how we do." Gone from last season's D-III ranks are North Providence, which won the last two championships, and Tiverton, which went 13-1 last year. They are playing in D-II, but replacing them on SRA's schedule are Classical and East Providence, which are coming down from the state's second division. "(North Providence and Tiverton) were definitely tough," remarked Corain. "We had a lot of good matches against those two, but it's nice they're up in D-II now. But we're playing East Providence and Classical in our next two matches, so we'll see how we do against them." In SRA's win over Tolman, the Saints saw junior Blessy Monte de Ramos and sophomore Sydney Duclos sweep their first doubles match by 6-0, 6-0 scores and junior Jordan Taylor grab a 6-1, 6-0 victory in fourth singles, but the biggest victory came from senior Chatham McCloskey, who held off Tolman sophomore Delaney Sweeney to win her second singles match, 6-4, 7-5. The Tigers, who were playing in their season opener, were led by the three-set victories they received from junior Gina Carpenter in first singles and junior Charlize Lopez in third singles. Carpenter outlasted Saints junior Christina Wilk in a contest that took two hours and 45 minutes by scores of 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), and 10-5, and Lopez topped SRA freshman Alexys Tavares, 6-4, 1-6, 10-7. Also claiming their matches by 6-2, 6-1 scores were St. Raphael's second doubles team of junior Ella Olea and sophomore Theresa Roberge and Tolman's third doubles tandem of sophomore Hawawou Barry and freshman Gianna Wilson. The Saints' lineup also contains junior Miso Lee and sophomore Grace Ritchotte in third doubles. Ritchotte came out for the team this fall once the RIIL decided not to have a girls' volleyball season, and another newcomer who has made a name for herself in another sport is senior Tori Jacques, who is a shortstop on the Saints' softball team and currently one of the tennis squad's top reserves. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Two days after netting a three- set victory in her team's season opener against Woonsocket, St. Raphael Academy senior CHATHAM MCCLOSKEY, left, posted a 6-4, 7-5 victory in her sec- ond singles match last Thursday afternoon to help the Saints defeat Tolman High, 4-3. SRA junior CHRISTINA WILK, right, turned in a solid effort in her 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 10-5 loss in her first singles match. See SAINTS, Page 11 S STANLEY TREE • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby M ass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner Fully Insured Free Estimates N. Smithfield, Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4 401-765-4677 Since 1986 Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization Tree Removal Tree Removal Pruning Pruning Cabling Cabling Brush Mowing Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Stump Grinding Crane Service Crane Service

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