WARWICK – In the face of playing three matches in three days, the Narragansett High School boys tennis team had a nearly flawless start to their week as they traveled north to face Warwick Veterans.
The Mariners wasted no time as they swept the Hurricanes, 7-0, in a match that lasted less than an hour.
More impressive than how quickly Narragansett dispatched their opponents was the fact they completed their shutout losing just three games in the process.
Despite the lopsided win ’Gansett – who hadn’t played a match in a week and a half – was sure to prepare themselves for Vets, not taking anything for granted against the winless Hurricanes.
“I wasn’t overlooking these guys,” Narragansett coach Russ Wyatt said. “I knew that I needed to play all four of my singles and my one doubles.”
Sophomore Devon Chofay continued his clean start to the season in the one spot, running his individual record to 4-0 as he beat Warwick’s Andrew Falaguerra in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
Senior co-captain Michael Cournoyer continued his strong play backing up Chofay in the number two singles spot, putting up a clean sheet of his own 6-0, 6-0 over Christopher Smith.
“He’s playing with a lot more confidence ever since Devon came on board last year,” Wyatt said of his captain. “He struggled at No.1 [two years ago]. He wasn’t 100 percent sure he should be at No. 1, but at No. 2 he’s comfortable, he’s confident and he’s playing well.”
Dylan Jardon and Will Lurgio rounded out the singles matches for Narragansett, winning in the three and four spots, 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-0, respectively, while Wyatt’s top doubles team of Dan Stern-Lonczak and Jack Hall won 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles, however, has been an area of concern this season for the Mariners.
“Doubles is still a work in process,” Wyatt said. “The only spots that are solidified are Dan and Jack at number one. Other than that, I can flip-flop my doubles and anything can happen.”
Knowing that the competition was not as stiff on Monday as it may be in other matches, Wyatt took the opportunity to get some other players some experience on the doubles ladder.
Alex Ritchie slid in for his first match of the year alongside Nick St. Laurent on the No. 2 doubles team and the duo did not miss a beat as they defeated Aaron Gordon and Joe Basker 6-0, 6-1.
While some may be concerned by the task of three matches in three days, the rest of the week will be “business as usual” for Wyatt and the Mariners, who are not spending too much time worrying about the effects of playing so much tennis in such a short amount of time.
“If the matches are really tiring, then it builds up, but today wasn’t so bad,” said Cournoyer. “I think we’ll be alright.”
The Mariners traveled to Pawtucket to take on Shea Thursday (results unavailable at press time) and wrap up the week with a home match Friday at 4 p.m. against Cranston East.