The Revere High girls tennis team opened their 2010 campaign with a tight 3-2 win over Northeastern Conference rival Salem last Thursday.
Coach Carla Maniscalcoâ€™s four senior captains led the way to the victory. Elma Meskovic, playing at No. 1 singles, handily dispatched with her Salem counterpart in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, as did Victoria Mauro at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-0.
The first singles tandem of Jennifer Kingston and Donna Le then clinched the match with a hard fought 6-4, 6-3 triumph over their Witch opponents. â€œThe first doubles match was close and hard fought all the way,â€ said Maniscalco. â€œJennifer and Donna stayed consistent and played tough to give us the victory.â€
The coach also had praise for sophomore Mounia El-Arar, playing at No. 3 singles in her first varsity match, who stretched her opponent to three sets before succumbing by a score of 7-5, 3-6, 2-6. The sophomore duo of Cristina DiFabio and Samantha Harris, playing at second doubles, also played well despite a 2-6, 2-6 setback.
â€œThe team overall played well,â€ said Maniscalco. â€œWe have a nice blend of experience and younger players and weâ€™re looking forward to an enjoyable season.â€
The girls were set to host Lynn Classical today (Wednesday) and Beverly Friday at their â€œhome courtsâ€ in Winchester. They will travel to Lynn English Tuesday and to Peabody Wednesday.