See It To The Racket

Bourne High School’s number-two singles player, Emma Correira, plays a shot from the back line during her straight-sets win over Mikhaela Rego of Westport on Monday afternoon.

The hardest part about any state tournament is that your side can play really well, but run into a better squad and it all ends quickly. After taking home a win in its first postseason match, the Bourne High School girls’ tennis team was right back at it on Wednesday, June 8, in another do-or-die contest, this time against Manchester-Essex.

Bourne played well up and down the order, and it could have gone either way, but the higher seed advanced with a tight, 3-2 win over the Lady Canalmen at Endicott College.

BHS nearly swept the singles matches, and had they done that, they would have moved on. Nora Barmashi dominated a very good player in the number-one spot in Emily Proust. Barmashi based her way to a 6-3, 6-2 win in her final high school match.

At third singles Audrey Caron handled things in a close one against Emily Parkrus. Caron got off to a fast start and took the opening set, 6-3, then held on to win the second set, 6-4.

Emma Correira was evenly matched with her opponent, Vanessa Gregory, at second singles, but on this day Gregory was just a little bit better. Gregory took the first set, 6-4, and looked like she’d close things out easily with a 4-2 lead in the second set. Correira fought back to close the gap, but could not get over the hump and fell by a 6-4 score.

M-E won at both doubles spots. Parker Brooks and Gracie Susko edged Grace Gobiel and Sydney Fitzpatrick at the No. 1 doubles spot, 6-2, 6-1. At second doubles, Sienna Crocker and Grayson Crocker defeated Zoe Ridl and Caroline Peddicord, 6-2, 6-2.

Bourne ends a very good season at 11-9.

Bourne 5, Westport 0

The Bourne High School girls’ tennis team dominated its first-round matchup against visiting Westport High School on Monday, June 6. The Lady Canalmen scored sweeps at every position on the ladder to take a 5-0 win and advance into the round of 16 to face No. 6 Manchester-Essex at Endicott College. M-E, the No. 6 seed, had moved on with a 3-2 win against No. 27 Stoneham.

The only player who was really tested from Bourne was No. 1 Nora Barmashi, who faced Gloria Moniz. Both players showed an ability to hit the ball with pace, and looked to move one another around, but Barmashi’s superior power and serving ability allowed her to take both sets by scores of 6-2.

Emma Correira stampeded through her first set against Mikhaela Rego at second singles. Correira won the opener by a 6-0 score and took the second set, 6-2.

The other three matches were all won by BHS, 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Audrey Caron made quick work of Tallyah Raiche. Grace Gobeil and Sydney Fitzpatrick handled the team of Kyra Ferreira and Madison Ploorde, while Zoe Ridly and Caroline Peddicord had no issues against Olivia Morris and Michaela Ramos.

Bourne earned its 11th win of the season with the victory, moving to 11-8 overall.

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