Patriots dominate in season opener

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BENNINGTON — After being rained out on Monday, the Mount Anthony girls tennis team finally had its season-opening match against Brattleboro on Tuesday.

The Patriots dominated the court, beating the Colonials by a score of 6-1.

"It's very exciting to start off the season with a win," said MAU coach Tanya Case. "The girls did a good job battling the elements today with the cold weather and it being very windy outside, so it was very good to see them play well despite the conditions not being great."

Starting things off for the Patriots on the court was their No. 1 player senior Margaret Curtin in her singles match against Brattleboro's Jaida Henry.

Despite starting off the first two games in the first set down 40-0, Curtin battled back to win both games to go up 2-0.

Curtin's lead didn't last long, as Henry powered her way back to win the next three games to take a 3-2 lead at the break.

As it seemed that Henry had control of the match, it was far from the truth as Curtin took things to another level the rest of the way.

The senior, through her killer forehand, kept Henry off balance. With great ball placement on her serves, Curtin won 10 games straight to finish off a straight set victory, 6-3, 6-0.

"I was able to get back to playing my game and that helped me find ways to get [Henry] off hers," Curtain said. "I made her move around more, especially side to side with my ball placement. That got her off-balance and I was able to take advantage of that the rest of the game."

On the next court over, the Patriots No. 2, Grace Page, also looked like she was playing her game on the court.

The senior dominated early on, taking the first set 6-0 and looking like she would cruise to a opening win. In the second set however, the windy weather began to affect Page as she constantly over hit her shots, allowing Brattleboro's Aandia Craviotto to take advantage and win the set 6-4 to force a do or die third set.

Page wouldn't allow the conditions to affect her in the third set.

As the two girls drew to a 4-4 score at the break of the tiebreaker, Page took her game up with her powerful forehand, scoring four straight points to take a commanding lead.

After Craviotto won the next point, Page came right back with another powerful forehand that was too hot to handle on match point to win 10-5 in a three set thriller.

"Really good to come out of here with a win," Page said. "I just stayed positive after losing the second set and knew that I needed to keep playing my game and not let the weather affect me. I was able to do that and broke away there in the third set to get the win."

Sophomore Anna Salem made three straight wins for the Patriots as she cruised in straight sets of 6-0 and 6-1.

Fellow sophomore Ally White won MAU's final singles match in straight sets, clinching the overall match win for MAU.

Senior Phebe Hall lost in straight sets in her singles match for MAU.

The Patriots No. 1 doubles of junior Thea Pappas and sophomore Cameryn Banks and No. 2 doubles Caitlin Banks and Trinity Galipeau won both their matches in straight sets.

"This was a great way to start the season for us," Case said. "We have set high expectations for ourselves this season and it was great to see the kids get out to a great start like they did today."

The Patriots will be right back on the courts for game action today when they host Rutland at 4:30 p.m.


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