MVRHS girls tennis downs Holliston in tourney opener

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The MVRHS girls tennis team began its quest for a fourth consecutive state championship with a clinical 5-0 win over the 18th-seeded Holliston Panthers in the first round of the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional, Thursday afternoon in Oak Bluffs.

The No. 2 Vineyarders (16-0), playing up a division this year after winning three straight titles in D3, didn’t miss a beat in the state tourney opener, conceding just five games to the Panthers in the five-match sweep.

Kelly Klaren dispatched Abai O’Neill 6-0, 6-0, at first singles, Victoria Scott defeated Addie Raymer 6-1, 6-0, in the second singles match, and Hannah Rabasca won at third singles over Maddie Rankin, 6-0, 6-1.

Vineyard seniors Kat Roberts and Lizzie Williamson posted a first doubles shutout against Mary Hanstad and Alyssa Brucato, 6-0, 6-0, while second doubles Molly Pogue and Chesca Potter closed out the day by topping Maddie Cerulli and Aya Helaly 6-1, 6-2.

The Vineyard girls are back on the home Ned Fennessy Courts, Friday afternoon at 3 pm to play No. 7 seed Scituate (17-3) in the South quarterfinals.