Veteran coach Gerry Rosado saw his Pinkerton Academy girls’ tennis team start its 2014 season in pretty fine fashion last week with wins in its first two matches.
The Lady Astros edged the tough Alvirne High Lady Broncos by a slim, 5-4 margin on that opponent’s home courts in Hudson last Wednesday, April 9 and followed up that bit of work with a rain-shortened, 5-1 downing of the visiting Keene High Lady Blackbirds in Derry two days later.
In the season-opening besting of the 0-1 Lady Broncos, the academy bunch received singles wins from Samantha Barros in the first singles spot (score of 8-1), Allie Pierce in the second singles position (8-2), and Krista Mastrogiacomo at fourth singles (8-5). But Lady Astros Haley Harrington, Alex Albano, and Nicole Langlais were all dealt 8-5 defeats in the third, fifth, and sixth singles slots, and the match score was knotted up at 3-3 heading into doubles.
But the Pinkerton doubles tandems of Barros and Pierce (8-0) and Harrington and Mastrogiacomo (8-6) collected victories to get their team its 5-4 match win.
Then last Friday, April 11 in Derry, coach Rosado’s roster ripped the visiting Keene High crew by a 5-1 tally in a match which wound up being shortened by the arrival of rain after singles play had been completed.
Barros plowed past her Keene opponent by an 8-0 score at one singles, Pierce claimed an 8-5 win at second singles, Mastrogiacomo was good for an 8-1 blowout at fourth singles, and Albano and Nicole Langlais tallied 8-0 shutouts in the fifth and sixth singles positions to give the hosts the five victories they required.
Harrington dropped a tough, 9-8, 7-1 decision at third singles, but that loss wound up meaning nothing in the big picture for the victorious hosts.
The academy crew then had to hit the road again this past Monday to face the 1-1 Timberlane Regional Lady Owls in Plaistow. And the undefeated locals put forth another fine performance, besting their hosts by the overwhelming tally of 8-1.
The Lady Astros snared wins in five of the six singles contests thanks to the efforts of Barros (8-2), Pierce (8-2), Mastrogiacomo (8-5), Albano (8-2), and Langlais (8-4). And coach Rosado’s roster then put the final touches on the decisive victory by sweeping doubles thanks to the performances of the tandems of Barros and Pierce (an 8-0 whitewashing), Harrington and Mastrogiacomo (an 8-1 blowout), and Paige Welch and Lexi Jenkins (a strong 8-4 victory).