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CONVAL: Cougar girls top Goffstown, fall to Hollis-Brookline

  • The ConVal girls tennis team lost to Hollis Brookline on Apr. 14.
  • The ConVal girls tennis team lost to Hollis Brookline on Apr. 14.
  • The ConVal girls tennis team lost to Hollis Brookline on Apr. 14.
  • The ConVal girls tennis team lost to Hollis Brookline on Apr. 14.
  • The ConVal girls tennis team lost to Hollis Brookline on Apr. 14.
  • The ConVal girls tennis team lost to Hollis Brookline on Apr. 14.
  • The ConVal girls tennis team lost to Hollis Brookline on Apr. 14.
  • The ConVal girls tennis team lost to Hollis Brookline on Apr. 14.
  • The ConVal girls tennis team lost to Hollis Brookline on Apr. 14.
  • The ConVal girls tennis team lost to Hollis Brookline on Apr. 14.
  • The ConVal girls tennis team lost to Hollis Brookline on Apr. 14.

On April 11, the ConVal girls tennis team traveled to and defeated Goffstown in their first match of the spring. Junior McKenzie West, senior Ashlynn Wing, sophomore Maddie Pagano, senior April Madaglia, and senior exchange student Anna Killian were all victorious in their singles matches.

The Cougars were less successful during the doubles portion of the contest, dropping two out of three matches. Nonetheless, the Cougars went on to win the match by a final score of 5-4.

This Monday, the Cougars welcomed the Hollis Brookline Cavaliers to Adams Playground. The weather was warm — it was the first day of the spring to reach 70 degrees, but the wind was a major obstacle for both teams.

“Can’t complain about the wind, the conditions are the same for both teams,” said head coach Greg Morris. Still, the intermittent gusts were clearly a factor for the girls as they took to the court.

The Cougars top player, Chloe Tournier, played a tight match against the top player from Hollis, ultimately losing 9-7. Tournier played well, and held a slim lead for the majority of the match, but in the end she couldn’t finish her opponent.

After the match, Tournier reflected on what went wrong. “I played well, but needed my best, I had a chance to win. I had some good shots and the team supported me.”

West, Wing, and Pagano all lost by scores of 8-2.

After her match, Pagano knew what she needed to do to win in her next match.

“I want to improve my amount of unforced errors,” she said.

Pagano also applauded her opponents skill, saying,“It was windy today, tough to place the ball where you wanted it. She did a good job of making me run, hitting the ball where I wasn’t.”

Madaglia and Killian each lost 8-3, giving Hollis the victory. The Cavaliers won the match by a score of 9-0, a score that did not sit well with Pagano.

“I’m frustrated, every game was an L today,” she said.

The Cougars headed into the doubles matches desperately needing a victory. Although they were mathematically eliminated from winning, they fought hard. Heading into doubles, Tournier felt good about her and West’s chances.

“If McKenzie and I go out and have fun, we are a great doubles team,” Tournier said. “We just need to play like I know we can.”

The Cougars dropped all three of the doubles contests.

Head coach Greg Morris was optimistic following the loss. “We lost a lot of seniors last year. This is a rebuilding year for us.”

Hollis Brookline has always had a strong tennis program, it is no surprise that the young Cougars squad didn’t match up.

“Hollis is always good,” said Morris. “Our girls have to play tennis in the offseason, not many of them do. But this is a good group of girls who do what they are told.”

The Cougars play host to Bishop Brady on April, 16. Following that, the Cougars will face a big test on April 28, when they host Souhegan.

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