Lady Astro Tennis Team Has Strong Returnees, Optimism

Three battle-tested veterans are back from the Pinkerton Academy girls’ 2015 contingent that went as far as the Division I tournament quarterfinals before being eliminated by the Bedford High Lady Bulldogs.

And the Lady Astros – were scheduled to get their 2016 campaign rolling at home this past Monday, April 4 by hosting Nashua South, but snow cancelled that – have pretty distinct reasons to believe that this current campaign can be a good one.

The returning starters from the 2015 crew are seniors Sam Barros and Maddie Olsen and junior Michaela Forand.

Barros was the Lady Astros’ top singles player and she played on the team’s top doubles team as well with Olsen. Olsen played fifth singles, and Forand played second doubles while also serving as the Lady Astros’ number six singles competitor.

Other returnees from that strong 2015 crew are senior Gillian Gould and junior Samantha Donahue, who played on the second doubles team for PA last spring.

Veteran coach Gerry Rosado’s promising newcomers include sophomore Zoe Freedman and freshman Riley Reinert.

When asked what his squad’s keys to success are this spring, Rosado responded, “Staying healthy, building team chemistry with the new players on the roster, and finding a solid third doubles team.”

Looking at the rest of D-I, Rosado stated that he expects Bedford, Exeter, Concord, and Manchester Central to vie for top spots.