Lady Astro Racketeers Have Talent and Reasons for Optimism

Coach Gerry Rosado’s Pinkerton Academy girls’ tennis team has a bunch of battle-tested talent back from the 2014 campaign, but filling some holes in its doubles ranks will be vital if the Lady Astros are to enjoy significant success this spring.

Top four singles players Sam Barros (a junior), Haley Harrington (a senior), Krista Mastrogiacomo (a senior), and Nicole Langlais (a senior) were all top-six players for the PA crew last spring, and their fellow returnees senior Aeriela Thornton and junior Maddie Olsen have moved into the fifth and sixth singles slots respectively.

Junior Gillian Gould and senior Sarah Burgess are both also returnees from the 2014 crew and will look for their opportunities to contribute. Sophomore Michaela Floyd is a promising newcomer who will also aim to pitch in wherever she might be needed.

“We must establish doubles teams early as only our number two doubles team returns from last year,” said coach Rosado.

The Lady Astros officially opened their 2015 campaign this past Monday, April 13, with a superb performance against the Derryfield School Lady Cougars in Manchester.

Rosado’s roster ripped its host by a 7-2 match score, with singles victories being turned in by Barros (8-0), Langlais (8-3), Thornton (8-0), and Olsen (9-7), and doubles successes coming from the tandems of Barros and Olsen (8-5), Harrington and Mastrogiacomo (8-6), and Thornton and Sarah Burgess (8-4).

While the academy team moved to 1-0 with the win, Derryfield had its mark slip to 0-2.