BRISTOL - Both the Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central girls tennis teams entered Thursday afternoon seeking the first win of the season.
Each team had positives to takeaway, but the Rams controlled throughout in a 5-2 victory.
Bristol Central won all four singles matches and took the third doubles match.
For the Rams, the top three singles spots had been a constant coming in and something first-year head coach Sara DeFillippi believes is the strength of this team.
“I can rely on my one, two and three singles teams to get a win but I was looking for somebody else to step up today,” DeFillippi said. “And two teams stepped up today. So I was really proud that they made the effort.”
The two teams to step up were at the fourth singles spot and the third doubles.
Bristol Central’s Mersadez Chaleman defeated Nicole Cuevas in straight sets at fourth singles 6-0, 6-2.
“This was a really good victory,” Mersadez Chaleman said. “It feels really good to take home this win against Bristol Eastern.”
Outside of Chaleman, Abby Goralski (first singles), Abby Gorneault (second singles) and Alex Goralski (third singles) all won their matches.
The Goralski twins and Gorneault all improved to 3-1 on the season with their wins.
While singles has been a bright spot for the Rams, getting doubles wins has been a challenge early in the season for Bristol Central and that was still a problem against Bristol Eastern.
Bristol Central’s Danielle Carey and Yan Zhu recorded the final win of the day at third doubles, but were the only doubles team to pick up a win.
On the other side, Bristol Eastern had its first doubles team, the Simpson sisters, pick up their first win of the season.
Kasey and Kelly Simpson defeated Bristol Central’s Taylor Soucy and Emilie Dube 6-1, 6-1.
For the Simpson sisters, it is their first season playing on the same doubles team and they showed potential moving forward with the season in the dominant performance.
“They’re going to have something to remember for their whole life, which I think is really cool,” Bristol Eastern coach Barb Lessard said. “They’re excellent players. They move really well together and they know what they’re going to do out there.”
Bristol Central moved to 1-3 on the season with the win and it was the first win for DeFillippi.
“I’m excited and proud of my girls,” Sara DeFillippi said. “It feels really good because I knew they were capable of it. It’s just trying to get them to believe in themselves. It’s been a long road. We’ve been working on the fundamentals and mental toughness. It all came together today.”
The Lancers fell to 0-3 on the year.
“Right now we’re just putting up a fight,” Bristol Eastern’s first singles player Amy Bhagaloo said. “But we’re improving and we’re going to keep improving.”