By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – The St. Paul tennis team faced a bit of adversity against Watertown on Monday, May 5 in what turned out to be a very competitive affair.
But off the power of its single performers, the Falcons held off the pesky Indians and picked up a 4-3 match victory from the Tennis Courts at Crestbrook Park in Watertown.
The Naugatuck Valley League affair saw St. Paul – winners of 9 of its 11 past matches – move to 9-2 while Watertown fell to 3-7.
And even in doubles action, where the Falcons got swept, the three duel challenges were very competitive affairs.
In singles, top performer and NVL standout Emily Lindsley had no trouble defeating Amanda Orsillo by an 8-1 final and even at the number two slot of the order, it was more of the same.
In that match, Natasha Kempes turned back Sarah Martineau, 8-1, while Meghan Collins won her match over Miranda Squillace by the same tally.
And finally for the Falcons, Olivia Kilbourne was an 8-5 victor over Joana Teixeira to complete the sweep in singles action.
In doubles, the team of Brooke Harris and Maureen Pflomm barely snuck by St. Paul’s Brittany Kennedy and Isabella Sabino (9-7) and the Falcons duo of Brianna Cheng and Nadia Langer-Marshall pushed its opponents to the limit before finally falling late into things.
The combination of Brittany Beveridge and Maddie Cacciato hung on to defeat the St. Paul team by a final of 9-8, which included a 7-4 overtime session to determine the ultimate victor.
In the other doubles bout, the team of Kelly Frascona and Brianan Rogers fell to Rachel Martineau and Mary Zaborowski by a score of 8-1.
And then two days later, the Falcons sank Holy Cross by a 5-2 final from Peck Park in Bristol.
The Falcons took the first three spots in singles action and defeated the Crusaders by a combined 24-1 score during those matches.
Lindsley defeated Lauren Saideravage 8-0 while Kempes sank Jen Dente by the identical tally.
And finally, Collins turned away Rachel Bernier by an 8-1 final.
In doubles action, the Falcons won two of the three challenges to wrap up the event.
The team of Kennedy Sabino got past Angela Hickey and Carina Yabut, 8-4 and the combination of Frascona and Rogers defeated April Zhao and Andi Sun, 8-4.