Bulldogs down Terriers

MANCHESTER - The Burr and Burton Academy girls tennis team continues to roll.

The Bulldogs (6-0) defeated Bellows Falls Union High School (0-5) - all in straight sets - on Tuesday for a 7-0 team win.

"At every level they're strong. We have a really deep talented team this year," said BBA coach Dan Hutner. "They're just a really strong, smart, talented group of girls. It's making my job easy."

In the last match of the afternoon, BBA's No. 1 singles player Maddy Pagnucco made short work of the terriers Alex Harris, 6-0, 6-0.

BBA's No. 2 singles player Irene Matas defeated Faith Ramos 6-0, 6-0 and No. 3 singles player Gabby Vella defeated Taylor Westfall by the same margin.

In one of the longer matches of the afternoon, BBA's No. 4 singles player Stella Oh defeated the Terriers' Emma Moyna in straight sets (6-2, 6-2).

"Stella is a really strong all around player," said Hutner. "She's only been on the team three years, but she's a senior and she's just figuring out how to close out matches faster."

The Bulldogs' Silvia Velasco defeated the Terriers McKensie Brandon 6-1, 6-1 in one of the first few matches of the afternoon.

The No. 1 doubles team of Julia Campanella and Eliza Breed won their match over Bellows Falls' Quinn Lawrence and Reaghan Lapinski 6-3, 6-0 and the No. 2 doubles team of Maria De Pablo and Megan Knight defeated Tessa Bynorth and Keisha Wilcox 6-0, 6-0.

The girls team has been strong in each outing so far this season, losing just four of the 41 matches they have played in their first six games.

While Hutner said the team is very deep and talented, one area there is some room for improvement is among the doubles teams, which have also been playing well, he said.

"They're all talented players and we've been changing the matchups and no matter how we do it they do well," said Hutner. "The toughest match for us is first doubles. We've been doing well still in that position, but that's where we have the most room for improvement. They're all great players, but doubles strategy is so different."

Following the match, Bellows Falls coach Dave Chelsey said he believed the match was beneficial for his players.

"I think when we're playing one of the best, if not the best, team in the Marble Valley League it's always a challenge for us to come here and play and I think it's a good learning experience for my girls because they're playing against the best," he said. "So, they get to see the level they should be aspiring to get to and it's a good learning experience for them."


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