Berlin girls too much for Patriots, roll 8-1

By Jean LeBlanc

BERLIN — The Berlin girls' tennis team took on a solid Profile tennis team and rolled to its seventh straight straight victory, winning 8-1 Wednesday in Bethlehem.

The Mountaineers improved to 7-0 on the spring and remain aloft the Division III standings, while the Patriots (6-2) lone loses have been to Berlin.

In singles action, Berlin's top seeded Audrey Coulombe rolled to an 8-2 win over Isa Miller-White; Mountie Myra Arsenault defeated Madison Opaknski 8-1; the steadily improving Emily Theriault was an 8-4 winner over Patriot Iris Miller-White; senior Rylie Binette fell 8-4 to Profile's Emily Kerlvan; fifth seed Julie Downs rocked Maggie Egan 8-1; and Berlin's Haley Coulombe swatted her way past Tatiana Ledoux 8-2.

"Another cold match," said Coach Andy Rancloes. "We got there and had to help dry the courts. We started a little later than the regularly scheduled time. Emily is playing lights out. She lost to Iris 8-3 two weeks ago. Today, Emily took a 7-0 lead and ended up winning 8-4. Very proud of how far she has come this season."

With the match in hand 5-1, Berlin went into doubles action and swept the Patriots on their home courts. The Mounties top duo of A.Coulombe/Arsenault rolled to an 8-1 win over Isa Miller-White/ Kerlvan; Theriault/Downs battled to an 8-6 victory over Opaknski/Iris Miller-White; and the third team of Binette/H.Coulombe fought to an 8-5 match win against Egan/Ledoux, making the final score 8-1.

"Theriault and Downs played a great doubles match against a very good team," said Rancloes. "They were down by a game for most of the match. They kept their cool, began talking with each other and playing smart tennis. They are fighters and it shows. Binette and Haley Coulombe were down 1-5 and it seemed over. They ended up coming back and winning 8-5. I have to say I am very proud of these two girls. The match was already over, they were down by a lot and it was freezing out; they kept fighting and did not want to give up. We made some adjustments and points started falling for us. Overall, this was a great match against a very good team. They exposed a few areas we need to work on and we will address those in the coming weeks. I’m so proud of what these girls have accomplished so far this season. They are all fighters and have grit!"


The Mountaineers were scheduled to host White Mountain Regional on Friday. Results were not known as of press time.