The Pinkerton Academy girls’ tennis team closed out its 2016 regular season by going 2-1 in its final three matches last week. And those outcomes – all in road matches – left coach Gerry Rosado’s squad contemplating the fact that it had managed an impressive 9-5 record rolling into the Division I tournament.
The Lady Astros handed the rival Londonderry High Lady Lancers a 7-2 humbling on their home courts Wednesday, May 18, and followed up that lopsided success with a 7-1 trouncing of the Merrimack High Lady Tomahawks on the road the next afternoon. But the team wasn’t able to get past the host Concord High Crimson Tide in the state capital in its last regular season contest on Friday, May 20.
In the laugher in Londonderry, Pinkerton wins were turned in by singles players Sam Barros (8-1), Zoe Freedman (8-3), Samantha Donahue (8-5), and Riley Reinert (8-1), and the doubles duos of Barros and Maddie Olsen (8-2), Freedman and Reinert (8-2), and Michaela Forand and Donahue (8-5).
In the Merrimack win, the locals had victories in singles by Barros (8-0), Freedman (8-1), Forand (8-3), Donahue (tie-breaker), and Reinert (8-2). Doubles successes came from the teams of Barros and Olsen (8-0) and Freedman and Reinert (8-1).
However, the Lady Astros were bested by Concord in a 6-3 decision in the Friday battle.
The ladies learned on Monday that they’d earned the sixth seed in the Division I tournament, and that they’d be facing off against the number three seed Manchester Central crew in round one in the Queen City Wednesday, May 25, after Nutfield News press time.