The Weston Racquet Club Wildcats 10-and-under tennis team earned the coveted Gold Plate as it won the Connecticut State Tennis Tournament held at East Shore Park and Conard High School in West Hartford on Aug. 8-9.
“I am so proud of the way that our team focused on having the most fun, displaying sportsmanship at every opportunity and enjoying the process, which led to our victory,” said Angelo A. Rossetti, the club’s director of tennis.
Prem Dave, Olivia Wen, Vivian Wen, Alexander Visser and Spencer Chandlee were undefeated and did not lose a set until the finals against Shippan Racquet Club. On the first day of competition, the team swept New Haven, Milford and Tennis Central. Matches were composed of six-game short sets, which means that there was no-ad scoring and at 5-5 a tiebreaker was played.
Last summer, this same Weston team was crowned state champs in the eight-and-under division. Moving up a division, this makes it two in a row for the Weston juniors. The Wildcats were undefeated the entire fall and winter seasons, compiling a 14-0 record under Weston Racquet Club coach Alex Kantarelis.
“The competition was extremely tough both years that we won the states, in the eights last year and the tens this year,” said Warren Wen, father of Olivia and Vivian.
Olivia Wen was the only undefeated player, posting a 5-0 record, followed by her fraternal twin sister Vivian placing a 4-1 record – the same record as Chandlee and Visser. Dave also only had one loss.
Weston Racquet Club had four junior teams that qualified for states, including two 18-and-under teams. Weston’s Sarah Greisman took home the state Sportsmanship Award in the 18-and-under division.
“We’re very proud of all our teams here at Weston Racquet Club,” said Rossetti. “There is a lot of energy and enthusiasm in our tennis programs, and it’s really great to see our juniors triumph, not only at the club level, but at the state level competitions.”