Published in the April 26, 2018 edition.
By DAN PAWLOWSKI
WAKEFIELD — The start of the WMHS girls’ tennis team’s 2018 season didn’t feel official until Tuesday afternoon, mostly because it was finally tennis weather at the Dobbins Courts.
Under a shining sun, the Warriors put together a complete and impressive performance in all five matches to sweep Melrose for their first win of 2018.
“It was definitely a big win against our rivals, so that’s huge, especially with it being 5-0,” said Wakefield head coach Kathy Healey.
It’s difficult to decide where to start as all seven Warriors were excellent in this one, but coach Healey was especially impressed with the first doubles team of senior Emily Roberts and sophomore Marisa Ogier. Ogier was called up from JV to fill in for Kelsey Callanan who is away on a school trip, and she stepped up along with help from Roberts to beat their opponents 6-4, 6-2.
“Marisa jumped right in and played really well,” said Healey who was also quick to credit Roberts’ veteran play as a key in helping the two hold off the Red Raiders in the first set and control the second set.
At first singles, co-captain Haley Tanner defeated Grace Sanderson, 6-0, 6-1.
At second singles, Olivia Dziadyk also only dropped one game as she won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.
Co-captain Laura McGovern won at third singles, 6-4, 6-2.
The second doubles team of freshmen classmates Hannah Guay and Erica Pecjo also had an impressive match, as they won 6-0, 6-3.
“They were phenomenal,” said Healey of the freshmen duo.
How do you make a great day a perfect day? Just put some sprinkles on top.
Coach Healey made a promise to her team that she would take them out for ice cream at Cravings. Just so we’re on the same page: play tennis with your friends on a beautiful day; sweep your rivals; celebrate with your teammates and a sundae. Not a bad day.
The Warriors are now 1-3 on the season and are hoping this win gives them some momentum. Wakefield hosts Stoneham on Friday at 3:30.