The Bourne girls’ tennis team qualified for the MIAA Division 3 State Tournament on the final day of the regular season. Seeded 13th with a record of 9-9, they then pulled off an upset, as they knocked off the fourth-seeded Carver Crusaders (13-4). But Tuesday, June 3, the season came to an end for the Lady Canalmen (10-10) as they were edged by Norwell 3-2.
Bourne’s two victories came from their top two singles players, seniors Brie Girouard and Sarah Buck. Girouard took on Norwell’s best and won 6-2, 6-1. Buck made it look easy at second singles, cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 victory. However, the Clippers demonstrated why they had earned their high seeding with victories at third singles and in both doubles matches.
Bourne’s Abby Pomeroy fell in the third spot 2-6, 2-6. The first doubles team of Molina Oung and Ailene Gallarini lost 4-6, 4-4, and the second doubles pair of Nora Center and Alyssa Ruggeri fell short 2-6, 0-6.
The Bourne girls’ tennis team turned things upside down for the Carver Crusaders last Thursday, May 29. The Lady Canalmen shocked Carver by knocking the Crusaders out of the MIAA Division 3 South Sectionals by a score of 3-2.
“We played with a lot of heart,” coach Andrew Arki said. “We had to come back to win in all of our matches, it was definitely dramatic.”
Buck lost her first set at second singles in a close 5-7 contest, but she charged back, winning the next two sets 6-4 and 6-3 in what turned out to be the deciding match.
Pomeroy fell 4-6 in her first set at third singles, but rallied and came back to win the next two sets, 6-4 and 6-3. Gallerani and Center lost their opening set at second doubles 3-6, but fought back to win the second and third sets, 6-1 and 6-3.
“They were fantastic,” the coach said. “They really turned it on.”
The Crusaders claimed wins at first singles, with Bourne’s Girouard losing 1-6, 3-6 and at first doubles with the BHS duo of Oung and Gabby Siroonian going three sets in a 6-3, 3-6, 2-6 loss.
The Lady Canalmen will lose four players to graduation this spring.
“Our first singles player, Brie Girouard, exemplifies everything a coach is looking for in a student-athlete,” coach Arki said. “She absorbs advice like a sponge and puts it into practice. Sarah Buck has been one of the most consistent players I have ever coached. She lets her play do the talking. Molina Oung has grown in confidence and by the end of this season was able to take risks, which led to success. Gabby Siroonian showed the best sportsmanship toward everyone and was a great team captain. She really lifted everyone’s spirits.”