Tennis team starts with a win
The North Kingstown High School girls' Junior Varsity tennis team began the second week of October with a pass. The Cranston West team was unable to make the match scheduled for Oct. 9 due to transportation issues, but this didn't stop the NK JV team from taking to the courts. They focused on strengthening their groundstrokes to prepare for their next match against South Kingstown on Oct. 16.
The team's overall record stands at 3-3. Coach Nancy Miller says the team's greatest strength this year is its compatibility. "We work very well together and are always improving. There really are some great girls on the team," Miller said. "We have three Jamestown players: Alexa Furtado, Sarah Pease and Kelly Wooley. These three girls are always upbeat and ready to play. I feel lucky to have my first year coaching at NK be with this group of 'up and coming' tennis players and experienced JV veterans."
Senior Alexa Furtado began playing tennis with the Jamestown Women's Tennis Group when she was 10 years old. She attributes her love of the game to group leader Kathy Brownell. This is Alexa's fourth and favorite year as a member of the tennis team. "The school tennis team has been my best experience. I have gotten to know a lot of excellent people through it," she said.
Junior Sarah Pease plays on the number three ranked doubles team. She has been on the team for three years and intends to continue playing during her senior year. "I like that tennis is not as intense as all of the other sports at NK. It is easygoing but I can still have a lot of fun with it, especially since the seniors are so much fun," she said.
The newest team member from Jamestown is senior Kelly Wooley. She and doubles partner Ezgi Kosereisoglu recently played a close match against East Greenwich. The East Greenwich team won the eleven-deuce rally after a tiebreaker.
"I like that tennis is a social game. I have learned a lot from being a member of the team and because it has strengthened my game, I can see myself playing for a long time," Wooley said.
In Miller's first year as coach the veteran players have been receptive to Miller and her way of approaching practice. Alexa Furtado adds, "I like the team much better with a new coach. The general feeling is more relaxed, but I feel like we work harder and do better because we like our coach more."
The Skippers will travel to St. Mary's Bay View today for their final match of the season. Playoffs will start next week. The NK JV team hopes to have at least one doubles team qualify for the state championships.