Rhode Island College Student-Athlete Journal

By Meghan Mooney, Women’s Tennis

 

The RIC women’s tennis team is strong and looking forward to the challenging season ahead. We have a very talented team this year with newcomer Liz Barrette at first singles. At second singles is co-captain Donna Vongratsavay, who is a very patient and consistent player, and last year’s LEC champion at number two doubles.

I compete at number three singles. Samantha Hedden, who was the LEC champion at number four singles, is competing at the same spot this season. She has proven to be a strong player who will fight for the win. Playing fifth singles is co-captain Kristin Mandsager, who has shown much improvement from last year and is a strong addition to the team. Positioned at sixth singles this season is senior Sara Hebert who is getting some great playing experience this year. Rounding off the team is Anabela Pereira who will gain some playing experience this year as an alternate.

Everyone on the team has had to step up to the challenge this year. Losing three players from last year’s team has moved each player up in the ranks. This may seem like a setback, but as the coaches of some of the opposing teams have noted, we fight to the finish. We don’t play for ourselves, but for the benefit of the team instead.

Everyone on the team is close and knows that each point counts, especially during a match where the score is close.

Another benefit that the team has this year is Head Coach Kelly Lange. Having someone who is experienced and a former RIC tennis player as a coach is good. She knows the pressure of each match and can give knowledgeable advice to the players.

So far this season, there have been four matches. The team won the first match against Salve Regina University [7-2], which was a great way to start the season. In our next match, beat Newbury College [9-0], which was a good warm-up for our next match against Little East rival Plymouth State College.

Although we weren’t victorious against Plymouth [RIC lost 5-4], we played hard and put up a good fight. Our last match against Johnson & Wales University was also a tough loss [7-2]. They have proven to be one of the toughest teams we’ve played over the past two seasons and will remain to be a team that we have our sights set on beating in the future.

Our goal this year is to play hard and win another Little East Championship, as we did last year. Playing smart and hard is a sure way to guarantee that our team will be ranked high in our conference, therefore making it easier to grasp another championship.

 

Meghan Mooney is a sophomore from Scituate, Rhode Island. She was a Little East Conference Champion at number five singles and number two doubles as a freshman in 2001. She is currently 2-2 (.500) at number three singles and 3-1 (.750) at number two doubles.


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