Early in the season the Weston High girls tennis team knew it would face more of a challenge than it had in recent years.While not as an experienced group as in seasons past, that did not stop the Trojans from trying for another successful showing in the state Class S tournament.
The defending champs, the Trojans entered the competition last week with the intention of adding to their list of titles. Only another champion would stop them as the Trojans were edged 4-3 by host Westbrook, the Shoreline Conference winner, in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, May 30.
The loss officially ended Weston’s run of Class S championships at five straight.
“They were disappointed,” said Weston coach Mary Ann Noyer, whose team was seeded ninth. “It was very exciting.”
However, the Trojans nearly did not make it that far when they took on 24th-ranked Old Lyme in the qualifying round a day earlier. They hung on for a 4-3 win at Granby Memorial High.
Although Weston ended up splitting the singles matches both of its wins were quite one-sided. Kimmy Guerin remained unbeaten at first singles with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep and Sarah Greisman just missed a shutout in the number four spot before winning 6-1, 6-0.
Weston had the upper hand at doubles, which included one match going to three sets. Morgan Murray and Jennie Bear started well by winning the first set but lost the second in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win.
Also getting the win, McKenzie Murray and Bari Blitzer won in straight sets at 6-0, 6-2.
The Trojans had little time to rest as they were back on the court later that day to face the eighth-seeded hosts. By then temperatures were high and the Trojans had to withdraw in one contest due to the heat but won the match 5-2.
Guerin got her second 6-0, 6-0 sweep of the day and the Trojans won all the singles matches. Catherine Kravchenko lost the first set at second singles but settled down after that, allowing only two more games in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 win.
At third singles, Kristen Rivera posted a 6-3, 6-2 win. Completing the singles sweep, Greisman won her match 6-1, 6-3.
Weston’s only doubles win was in the number three spot as Lexie Hero and Julia Weisman won 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets.
Another road trip was in store for Weston the next day as it traveled to Westbrook as it faced the undefeated Knights. It would be the closest match of the season for the hosts.
Guerin nearly managed her third sweep in two days before beating Caroline Barton 6-0, 6-1. The Knights claimed two of the singles contests, however, with Taylor Amendola defeating Kravchenko 6-4, 6-2.
Third singles also went its way as Erica Martel beat Rivera 6-2, 6-2. Weston evened things up with Greisman holding off Liza Goldberg with 7-5, 6-4 scores.
The Trojans won one doubles match, coming with Morgan Murray and Bear’s 6-2, 6-3 victory over Kathlyn Cyr and Sarah Chapell.
Second doubles would be the deciding match. It featured two close sets with Callie Burns and Lydia Murphy hanging on against McKenzie Murray and Blitzer.
“They played their hearts out,” said Noyer of her second doubles team. “It was a great match.”
Westbrook also took the number three spot with Meghan Prevost and Chloe Vicente posting 6-2, 6-0 scores against Hero and Weisman.
Weston finishes the season at 14-5 overall.
“We’re sorry it’s over,” said Noyer. “We look forward to next year.”
The season is not yet over for one member of the team. Guerin will defend her state singles championship at the State Open this week at the Connecticut Tennis Center in West Haven.
Notes: Westbrook would advance to the finals of Class S, defeating Stonington 5-2 for the championship last Friday.