Tennis team turns the tables on South Kingstown
What a difference a week made for the 18 years old and under team of the Fall River Community Tennis Association.
In United States Tennis Association Junior League play a couple of weeks ago, the Fall River entry lost 4-1 to South Kingstown. But last week, the local team, which is made up of players from the greater Fall River area, won by a 3-2 score over that team that finished fourth in New England last year.
"They played great," Fall River CTA coach Peter Holt said. "They really did. It was a great win."
In the girls' singles match, Somerset's Daniela Roman, who plays for the Fall River team, beat Victoria Gu by identical 6-4 scores in their two sets. Gu was the number one player for Narragansett High School this past season. Roman, who was the number one singles player for Somerset High School, was hitting all of her shots deep into Gu's side of the court and kept volleying until her opponent made a mistake. That style of play can result in lengthy matches that take longer to play two sets than three. Last week's match took two hours for two sets. Holt said an opponent has to hit winners to beat Roman. But when an opponent can't deal with Roman's strategy, Holt said the team has coined a term that says the opponent got "Danielaed."
"She's an extremely interesting player," Holt said. "She plays her game and the opponent's style doesn't really matter to her. She is in great shape. She'll stay out there all day and she never loses her will."
In the girls' doubles match, Ali Vautrin and Courtney Langfield, teamed up and beat Olivia Duprete and Victoria Leonard, 6-4, 6-2. Vautrin and Langfield played one match together as a doubles team during the past season for Somerset High School. Langfield played most of the past high school season as a singles player while Vautrin played doubles.
"That was a good win," Holt said. "That's a good team."
In the mixed doubles match, Swansea's Jackson Reilly, who plays for the Fall River team, and Kristin Berstch, beat Pat Connolly and Kate McNee, 2-6, 6-5, 10-6.
"Jackson and Kristin were under a lot of pressure, getting down early," Holt said. "It was Kristin's first doubles match. She hit some really good shots, exchanging back hands with a guy. They kept hitting it back and forth."
In the boys' singles match, Somerset's John Charest, who plays for the Fall River team, lost, 7-5, 6-0, to Tim Puterio.
In the boys' doubles match, the Fall River team of Kyle Camara and Chris Ross, who were almost unbeatable for Somerset High School this past season, lost to Andrew Shumate and Cliff DeMesquita, 6-2, 6-1.
The Fall River Community Tennis Association team lost, 3-2, to South County on Friday.
In girls' doubles, Vautrin and Berstch defeated Maddie Box and Paige Therrien, 6-5(5-2), 6-1.
In the mixed doubles match, the Fall River team of Ben Holt and Rachel Le, who both played for the Somerset High School teams this past season, beat Sarah Benson and Tim Blais, 6-2, 4-6 and 11-9 in a super tie breaker instead of a third set. The match ended on an ace by Holt after Le had hit a tremendous winner to give the team match point.
"That was entertaining," Holt said of the match.
In the boys' singles match, Reilly lost to Connor Shumate, 3-6, 6-5(5-4) and 10-5 in a super tie breaker that was held instead of a third set.
In the girls' singles match, Langfield was shut out by Brittany Hazleton by 6-0 scores in their two sets.
Camara and Ross lost to Ben Sevey and Ross Bouchard, 6-5(5-0), 6-2.