The Revere High girls tennis team defeated Salem 3-2 last week for its first win of the season.
Both of the Lady Patriot doubles tandems cruised to easy victories. The first doubles duo of Mounia El-Arara and Karen Chan wept past their Salem foes 6-0, 6-0, as did the second doubles pairing of Samantha Harris and Mariah Rivera.
With Sara Grujic falling at first singles, 6-2, 6-1, and Christina DiFabio coming out on the short end of a three-set match at second singles, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, that left the final match of the day at third singles to decide the outcome.
Lady Patriot Nancy Nguyen won the first set, 7-5, but dropped the middle set, 3-6, setting the stage for a dramatic final set with all eyes on her. “Everything was on Nancy’s shoulders at that point,” said RHS head coach Carla Maniscalco, “and she came through for us,” as Nguyen triumphed by a 6-4 margin to give Revere the victory.
Two days later, the Lady Pats dropped a tight 3-2 decision to Winthrop. Once again both of the doubles duos won their matches, with El-Arar and Chan winning by a 6-4, 6-3 decision and Mei Ling Theng and Rivera triumphing in a hard fought battle, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 7-5.
However, Winthrop claimed all three of the singles matches to take the victory.
This past Monday saw the Lady Patriots fall 4-1 to Beverly. The first doubles team of El-Arar and Chan once again were victorious, defeating their Beverly counterparts, 6-4, 6-3.
Maniscalco and her team have a busy week ahead. They play at Swampscott today (Wednesday), at Lynn English tomorrow, at Saugus Monday, and at Lynn Classical next Wednesday.