WOONSOCKET — Moses Brown did everything it possibly could to steal the show from its host on Wednesday in the very first regular-season match at Mount St. Charles’ sparkling new courts across Logee Street.
The Quakers made history by netting the facility’s first singles victory. Minutes later, they also came away with the first doubles triumph.
And an hour and a half later, they wrapped up their eventful afternoon by busing back to Providence with a 6-1 verdict over the Mounties.
The Division I-B loss was a difficult start to the season for the Mounties and head coach Marissa Pitrone-Marsh, who a season ago, went 9-3 during the regular season and reached the Division I championship match for the ninth time in 11 years, where they lost to unbeaten two-time champion La Salle.
“I lost five seniors (from that team),” she admitted. “I lost my three top singles players and my No. 1 doubles (team). This is a rebuilding year, but I think as the season goes on, we’re just going to get better and better. Every year, you can’t count us out. The progression of our players getting better, I know it’s going to happen.”
Liz Kinsella, Moses Brown’s two-time All-State senior, picked up the historic first victory in No. 1 singles by notching a 6-0, 6-1 victory over senior tri-captain Julie Marcinak.
And immediately after Kinsella and Marcinak stepped off their court, the Quakers’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Racie Moran and Taylor Thiesen finished its match with an equally impressive 6-0, 6-2 win over Meaghan Dubois and Sam Bacon.
Shortly later, the visitors clinched the match. Annie DaSilva defeated Kate Foley in No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-0, and the No. 2 doubles team of Margot Creamer and Maddie Gorgi downed the Mounties’ team of Jen Lapine and Jess Morelle, 6-2, 6-2.
“It’s our first home match on these courts, so I know they felt a little bit of pressure, a little stress,” said Pitrone-Marsh, who was missing her No. 4 singles player, Kylie Finnerty, to an injury and was forced to juggle her doubles teams. “The first match of the season is always stressful enough, so maybe they got the shakes and the jitters.”
The Mounties picked up their victory in No. 3 singles, as Julia Martin secured a hard-fought 6-3, 6-4 win over Leah Falk, and the No. 3 doubles team of Caroline Cardosa and Trisha Bhatin nearly produced another victory, but they dropped a close 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 decision to the squad of Lauren Gunasti and Allison Rao.
Also playing well in a losing cause was Katelyn Gagnon in No. 4 singles, as the senior tri-captain, who moved up from No. 1 doubles, suffered a 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 defeat to Singne Brown.
While Moses Brown figures to be awfully tough this year, Pitrone-Marsh knows that the Quakers aren’t the only team to keep an eye on in what promises to be an ultra competitive Division I.
“I know East Greenwich is going to be a force to be reckoned with,” she reported. “They have some really strong players. And La Salle, as always, has such a deep team that I know they will be in the running. It’s going to be an interesting season.”
The Mounties will visit La Salle on Monday in a 4 p.m. match and then host South Kingstown on Wednesday afternoon. Both matches are crossover contests.
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