HARWICH ─ After a tough loss to Nauset on Friday, the Monomoy girls tennis team rebounded Monday with a big win against Sacred Heart, putting their overall record this season at 4-2.
The Friday match was a new adventure for the Sharks, who faced their Eastham rival Warriors for the first time since moving into the Cape and Islands League.
“It's a historical first, said Monomoy head coach Bill Burke. “We've never played Nauset before in tennis. They're a very good team and they're challenging us every match we have today, and it's good to be out there with them.”
The lone winner in the outing was senior Carly Donovan, the team's No. 1 singles player, who triumphed over Gabriella Dadoly.
“Carly has had a great season,” said Burke. “I think she's in the best shape of her four years here. She's showing greater confidence and is a little bit tougher mentally. She's having a great year.”
Donovan was stellar against Sacred Heart's Mia Camelio on Monday, winning 6-0, 6-0, with Monomoy's second singles player Dalia Pen defeating Emma Keane 6-0, 6-1. Third singles player Lindsay Macdonald defeated Abby Morse 6-1, 6-2.
In doubles action, Caty Street and Lauren Handel bested Abby Slavik and Kiley Murphy 6-1, 6-2, while Julia Smith and Hannah Marty defeated Julia Abraham and Julia Jennings 6-0, 6-3.
“We've had a lot of success,” said Burke. “We're very confident, and a very, very tight, close team.”
Burke said what contributes to the team's success is regular team dinners, and strong leadership by the team's seniors, including Donovan and Pen.
“We also have two eighth graders on the team, Julia Smith and Aliza Pillsbury, which bodes well for the future,” Burke said. “They've really caught on to the team. I believe they both came up through the Monomoy Middle School program, which is a great feeder program for us.”
Overall, the Monomoy roster boasts 13 players, including seven starters that Burke said have been “very consistent.”
“And the people who aren't starters have been very supportive of the team,” he said, adding that his players are always the last to leave matches. “Everyone else will start to head home and our whole team will still be there.”
Burke also appreciates the shift to the Cape and Islands League.
“I think the Cape League is more consistently solid in tennis, whereas in the South Shore League there were probably three or four very weak teams. In the Cape and Islands League they're all very skilled players.”
Monomoy opened its season against St. John Paul II and a win, followed by wins against Sturgis and Sandwich, with the team's only other loss coming from Falmouth. Next up for the Sharks is a trip to Cape Cod Academy today for a 4 p.m. contest, with the next home outing slated for May 8 against Sandwich at 4 p.m.