Archive - Oct 20, 2013
NORTH KINGSTOWN â It is a good time to be a member of the North Kingstown High School girls tennis program.
The JV squad wrapped up their league title last Friday. On Sunday, the Skippers top doubles team of Lucia Bolibruch and Grace Callahan captured the stateâs individual title. Walking away from the schoolâs tennis courts on Tuesday afternoon following the Skipper âs Division I quarterfinals match against Barrington, coach Tim OâNeill might have summed up his teamâs recent run best with one simple sentence.
âThe dream season continues.â
PAWTUCKETâNot bad for a team that by their own admission was âthrown togetherâ at the beginning of the season.
âShe was actually a singles player last year and I started playing tennis my freshman year of high school,â North Kingstown junior Grace Callahan said after she and playing partner sophomore Lucia Bolibruch captured the RIIL State Doubles Championship Sunday at Slater Park.
âWe kind of got thrown together in the mix. A lot of the partners on our team had been playing together for a few years.â
NORTH KINGSTOWNâWith the 2013 girls high school soccer regular season winding into the final third of the schedule, the October 10th Division I border-rival grudge match between East Greenwich and North Kingstown may be one that foreshadows a possible playoff matchup, as one team continues to roll and the other looks to recreate itself after a key injury.
EAST GREENWICH â Despite leading them in the standings, before even taking the field last Friday night, East Greenwich High School football coach John George knew his team was going to have their hands full with a potent Moses Brown Quakers attack considered by some the best in the division.
As the Avengers quickly found out when they took the to Carcieri Field, however, it was not the Quakers skill, but their sized that proved Eastâs ultimate downfall as they were pushed around in a 34-0 beating, their first loss of the season.
PAWTUCKETâSundayâs RIIL State Singles Championship between Peri Sheinin and Aleksandra Drljaca was about as entertaining of a girls tennis match as youâll see.
Each game highly contested and each point earned.
âWeâre really great players,â Drljaca said. âWe both have a lot of tournament experience. A high level of intensity was really seen and it was a great match.â
For as entertaining as the level of play was though there was also an unmistakable sense of awkwardness both on the court and in the crowd.
PAWTUCKETâIn a tournament setting there can only be one winner.
Well, in this case two, but semantics aside only one team could come out of the RIIL State Doubles Tournament as champions Sunday.
Unfortunately for East Greenwich â who had all three teams on the same side of bracket â the winners werenât wearing Avengers red as North Kingstownâs Lucia Bolibruch and Grace Callahan claimed the title with their 6-4, 6-2 victory over La Salleâs Lindsay Brazenor and Kat Braganca.
PAWTUCKETâWhere do we go from here?
Itâs the big question facing the East Greenwich tennis team as it plays out the remainder of its season with aspirations of a Division I Championship a definite reality.
Two teammates â senior Aleksandra Drljaca and freshman Peri Sheinin â battled for the first time Sunday and thereâs no denying at times it got a little nasty.