RHS girls tennis team on the upswing

The Revere High girls tennis team has been making great strides this season. Coach Carla Maniscalco’s Lady Patriots almost knocked off highly rated Marblehead last Wednesday, falling short by a tight 3-2 margin, and then appeared headed for a certain victory against Saugus on Friday until the rains came.

“The girls are working hard and definitely are getting stronger,” said Maniscalco. “Everybody in the lineup is making a contribution.”

In the 3-2 loss to Marblehead, Sabrina Sot won her second singles match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, as did the second doubles duo of Donna Le and Carolina Zaneta, 6-1, 6-2.

Although Revere dropped the other three matches in straight sets, the Lady Patriots battled back fiercely in the second sets of all of the matches and almost turned the tide.

Zerina Dervisevic at first singles lost her first set 1-6, but fought hard in a 5-7 second set; Elma Meskovic dropped a 0-6 first set, but then rallied for a 4-6 second set at third singles; and the first doubles duo of Cleopatra Duque and Victoria Mauro played gamely in a 2-6, 4-6 loss.

“I was very proud of the way the girls refused to give up after those tough first sets,” said Maniscalco. “It shows they came to play and that they are competitors.”

Maniscalco and her charges were set to play Swampscott this past Monday at the team’s Winchester “home court;” at Beverly yesterday (Tuesday); at Winthrop today; and host Gloucester Friday at Winchester.

A date for the resumption of Friday’s Saugus match, which appeared to be headed for a Revere “W,” has yet to be determined.

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