The EG Girls Tennis team continued its near-romp through Division I at home Tuesday, with a 7-0 win over Lincoln School. Their record in this is a remarkable 10-1, losing only to powerhouse La Salle.
It's especially notable because they just moved up from Division II this season.
"We've secured the number 2 seed in all of Division I," said coach Marc Brocato. "They've practiced very hard to get to where they are. Division I tennis is brutal in Rhode Island."
The Avengers didn't make it look to hard Tuesday, with straight-set wins all down the line and only seven games lost in the whole match. It helps to have the number 1 ranked player in the state, junior Alesandra Drljaca.
"She's undefeated," Brocato said. "She comes out to play hard every match."
Drljaca is the top seed going into this weekend's individual tournament at Slater Park. While she's been among a handful of great players since joining the team at number 1 singles as a freshman, this is the first time she's going into the tournament at the top.
"I'm excited," she said Tuesday. "I'm feeling ready for it."
She may well end up in the finals against the number 2 seed, Smithfield's Jenna LaBarre-Smith. Their rivalry goes back two seasons, when they met in the D II team finals and LaBarre-Smith beat Drljaca. Last year, the same thing happened. But Drljaca said this year is different.
"I beat her during the regular season," she said. "I won."
Teammates Heather Shen and Elizabeth Blessing will also be competing in the singles tournament, as well as doubles teams Julia Waicberg-Kerri Whelan and Emma Falkenberry-Catherine Karabasi.
Playoffs begin next week.
October 9 match scores:
Aleksandra Drljaca, EG, defeated Jamie Pine, LS, 6-0, 6-0
Heather Shen, EG, defeated Jessica Purdy, LS, 6-0, 6-2
Elizabeth Blessing, EG, defeated Kethu Manokaran, LS, 6-0, 6-0
Karleigh Caramagno, EG, defeated Laura Davison, LS, 6-0, 6-0
Julia Waicberg-Kerri Whelan, EG, defeated Grace Olubowale-Stephanie Campbell, LS, 6-0, 6-0
Andrea Wollin-Samantha Land, EG defeated Katie Coggins-Igukun Olubowale, LS, 6-0, 6-0
Samantha Kaufman-Allison Beattie, EG, defeated Journey Serena-Keara Gan, LS, 6-2, 6-3