JERICHO/NEWPORT–The 2012 North Country girls tennis team got their season underway last week against Mount Mansfield.
While it was partly sunny with seasonable temperatures here in Newport, it was miserable in Jericho.
From the moment the team arrived at the courts rain poured down upon the players, forcing them to deal with the miserable conditions until the matches were eventually suspended.
The Falcons started the day at a disadvantage, having to default the number five singles match due to illness. Things did not get any better from there as Mount Mansfield swept the three matches that were able to be completed in straight sets.
Carlie Diette fell 6-4, 6-2 to Hailey Garrison, Michaela Stanley lost to Lydia Picotte 6-2, 6-4, and the number one double team of Brianna Grimm, in her first varsity match, and Annie Arcoleo went down against Lauren Nelson and Remy Salvas 6-3, 6-3.
Kelsey O'Donnell was in the middle of a very competitive match when the call came to suspend play, and Rhiannon Rosamillia and the number two doubles pair of Sonya Hinton and Moriah Lafoe did not get their matches in.
The next day found North Country back at work, regrouping at Prouty Beach to get ready for their rematch against the Cougars on Monday.
The team is doing a lot of shuffling with their positions this season. With the departure of Martha Petzoldt and Deanna Brandstetter, who played the number one and two spots respectively, George will be bumping up her seniors, Diette, Rosamillia and O'Donnell to fill those positions.
"This year my one, two and three did not play at those positions last year. They played singles, but down in three, four and five, so we will see what happens," said George.
More than likely expect Rosamillia to play as the number one, with O'Donnell and Diette competing for number two.
Juniors Stanley, Arcoleo, and Hinton, will be battling for the number four and five singles spots or as the number one doubles pair.
The sophomore trio of Grimm, Heather Kincaid and Danielle Therrian will compete with freshmen India Bluette and Moriah Lafoe who both attend UCA, to fill out the remaining positions.
Out of these five underclassmen, Bluette right now shows the most potential and could see herself advancing through the ranks quickly.
Said George, "She has a tremendous amount of promise and could be a singles player, possibly in the number three position."
So as it stands right now, it seems that the field is wide open, and it will be strength of play that will determine where the girls are positioned for each match.
North Country continues their season today when they host Mount Mansfield at Prouty Beach.
Matches begin at 3:30.