Over the past two months, the Lady Avengers tennis team completed their untouchable regular season with a thrilling division one victory over defending champs, La Salle Academy. Following this match, the girls completed a perfect 13-0 regular season and worked their way up to the playoffs as the number one seed in division one. In the semi-finals, the Lady Avengers were put to the test against Moses Brown. In a surprisingly tight match, the pressure shifted to the number one singles player, Peri Sheinin, in a deadlocked match at 3-3. Capturing the deciding point, Sheinin placed her team into East Greenwich’s third consecutive division one championship match, their third year at Slater Park.
This past Saturday, the team played La Salle Academy, in a repeat of the past two state championship match-ups. Although the Lady Avengers had clinched the initial East Greenwich-La Salle matchup in the regular season, La Salle’s newly formed lineup edged over East Greenwich 4-2, giving La Salle the title of division one champions. Regardless of the score in the championship match, every single East Greenwich player walked off the court with a smile. Number four singles player, Victoria Iannotti, claimed, “the score didn’t matter to me. I played the best tennis I have ever played today.” East Greenwich’s efforts in the division I final earned them the title of “State Runners Up,” overall completing a 14-1 season.
The team’s success this year had been dependent upon the leadership of four senior captains Eleanor Fulghum, Victoria Iannotti, Brooke Fennell, and Romina Garakani. The team’s lineup was also one of the strongest varsity lineups East Greenwich has ever had, including a unique balance of five senior players, two returning juniors, one returning sophomore, and two freshman to make the lineup.
In addition to team success, some of the Lady Avengers also made names for themselves during the course of the season. Number one singles player, Peri Sheinin, earned herself her third consecutive individual state championship. Sheinin has clinched the title since she was a freshman, earning herself the highest of honors as the number one player in RI, as well as a three year straight member of the first team all state and all division teams. Doubles team of senior captain Brooke Fennell as well as freshman Sophie Fulghum (aka “Little Fulghum”) also played in the all state tournament championship match, but unfortunately suffered a loss to the number one doubles team at La Salle Academy. Regardless, the Fennell-Fulghum duo joined Sheinin as members of the esteemed first team all state and all division teams.