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Berlin tennis girls net four more wins

by Jody Houle
Contributing Writer - Berlin Reporter

Rylie Binette returns a shot in action against Littleton last week. Corey McKean. (click for larger version)
May 16, 2017
BERLIN – The Berlin girls' tennis team is in first place in Division III, undefeated with 11 wins. Last week, the girls won four more games.

In a doubleheader against Moultonborough on Monday, May 8, Berlin won 5-0. In game two, they won 8-1. On Thursday, the Mounties won 7-2 against Littleton and won 7-2 against Inter-Lakes on Friday.

In game one against Moultonborough, Audrey Coulombe and Julie Downs shut out their opponents 8-0 in singles. Myra Arsenault won 8-2; Emily Theriault won 8-3 and Rylie Binette won 8-5. There were no doubles matches. Berlin won 5-0.

"Moultonborough is a very good team," said coach Andy Rancloes. "They have a number of strong players.

"Audrey and Megan had a great battle at number one. Even though Audrey won 8-0 most of the games went to deuce. This was Audrey's best match of the season. Megan is a great player that can hit the ball hard. Audrey was able to mentally slow the game down and responded with amazing serves," Rancloes noted.

"Rylie had a good fight. She was down most of the match and tied it up 5-5. Once she was able to do that she began to make her opponent move a lot and hit low percentage shots," the coach continued. "Overall, I'm very excited by this match. These girls were good and we were able to respond and really take control. The Berlin girls are fighters and will do whatever it takes. I couldn't ask for a better group."

In game two of singles, Audrey Coulombe won 8-2. Arsenault won 8-5. Theriault and Downs each won 8-4. Haley Coulombe and Binette each won 8-4

In doubles, Audrey Coulombe and Arsenault shut out their opponents 8-0. Binette and Haley Coulombe won 8-2. Theriault and Downs lost 8-2.

"This was our first doubleheader as a group," said Rancloes. "It was intense. A lot of tennis was played. Most of the girls played over 30 games. We had a couple of girls that were sick.

"If you look at the scores it shows we were tired. Everyone except Rylie let their opponent get a few more games," Rancloes continued. "That second game was tough. We were tired but the girls fought. They were mentally ready but their bodies were tired. I am very proud of this group. They work hard and they want to win and get better. I cannot say enough good things about their work ethic and attitude."

Against Littleton, Audrey Coulombe won 8-1 in singles. Arsenault won 8-4. Binette shut out her opponent 8-0. Downs won 8-6. Haley Coulombe won 8-2. Theriault lost 8-6

In doubles, Audrey Coulombe and Arsenault won 8-2; Theriault and Downs won 8-5. Haley Coulombe and Binette lost 9-7.

"Last time we met, Rylie won against Darcy (Horne) in a tie-breaker," said Rancloes. "This time Rylie took over from the start. She was mixing up her shots and really making it difficult for Darcy to get into some kind of groove. It has been great watching Rylie improve as a tennis player. She now is learning to incorporate different types of shots into her game.

"Julie was down 5-6 and was able to battle back and take the win. Her match lasted over an hour. Julie has done this a few times this season. Her mental game is strong. She never loses focus and is able to keep fighting," the Berlin coach continued. "I was excited for my number two doubles. They played against the one seed and were able to hang on. Matches like this will get them ready for the tournament.

"I'm very happy about our position and the girls' willingness to never give up. They have heart. Littleton is a good team; we got the win and we were exposed a little. It gives us a chance to continue to work on a few things during practice," Rancloes added.

The Berlin varsity boys' tennis team also won both games in a doubleheader against Moultonborough on Monday, May 8. They won 5-0 in game one and 7-2 in game two. The boys lost 6-3 against Littleton last Wednesday and lost 6-3 against Inter-Lakes on Friday.

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