The first time on the court this season ended in a home victory for the Plymouth North girls tennis team.

PLYMOUTH – The first time on the court this season ended in a home victory for the Plymouth North girls tennis team. The Lady Eagles opened the new year Thursday afternoon with a 3-2 win over Sandwich.

Winning matches for the home team were senior Sam Holton at second singles, senior Sadie Thompson at third singles and the first doubles team of captains senior Chloe Gates and junior Grace Stanford. All those matches went two sets.

Senior Emily Alves lost to Sandwich No. 1 singles Jade Ferguson in three sets and the second doubles team of sophomore twin sisters Nicole and Brooke Cayting lost in two sets, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

"I was very happy to walk out of the first match of the season with a win," said rookie Head Coach Carl Nielsen. "We were faced with some difficult conditions because of the wind and the cold, but they toughed it out and played well. I’m proud of them."

A year after the team won just four matches, Nielsen hopes his team is in line for more success this season. The Eagles have solid depth with eight upperclassmen and eight underclassmen on the roster.

"I like the depth we have," Nielsen said. "There’s a lot of veteran players in the mix who will help the younger players learn the ropes."

Nielsen expects that Alves will get better each time she takes the court this season at the top singles position for Plymouth North.

"She’s a senior, but she didn’t come out for the team until last year," he said. "Emily got bitten by the tennis bug and really fell in love with the game. She really committed herself to improving as a player in the off-season."

Gates, Holton and Stanford will share captain’s duties this season. Nielsen is assisted on the bench by his wife Kesha, a math teacher at Plymouth North.

North hosts Quincy Wednesday and hits the road for the first time Thursday traveling to Hanover High.

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