In a way the State Open girls tennis tournament is becoming routine for Kimmy Guerin.
The two-time defending singles champ, the Weston High junior was once again the favorite entering into the tournament last week. As expected, she did not disappoint.
For the third straight year she plowed through the competition, winning all six of her matches en route to successfully defending her title last Wednesday, June 6, at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven.“She has such a sense of discipline,” said Weston girls tennis coach Mary Ann Noyer. “She takes each match seriously.”
As a first-year high school coach, Noyer was not exactly sure of how much of a challenge her number one player would face from the competition. Once the tournament got underway Guerin appeared to have little difficulty.
“You have to figure kids from that pool who make it to the end of the season have to be good,” she said.
The top seed, Guerin also managed a couple of sweeps along the way. One came in her first round match against Suffield’s Victoria Ho. Guerin did not allow a game in taking the pro-set 8-0.
She had a little more of a challenge in the next round. Amity’s Dina Weick managed to win a game off her before Guerin prevailed 8-1 in another pro-set victory.
“You don’t want to be overconfident,” said Guerin, who has verbally committed to attend Wake Forest University in North Carolina in the fall of 2013. “There’s a lot of pressure but I think I was prepared.”
For the rest of the tournament Guerin would play the usual two-set format. The overall outcome was the same, however.
She just missed a sweep in the third round. After shutting out Fairfield Ludlowe’s Lindsey Evans in the first set, she dropped one game in the second for a 6-0, 6-1 win.
Guerin’s first ranked opponent did not come until the quarterfinals. By then she would face New Canaan’s Courtney Gallagher, the number eight seed. Despite this she had little difficulty, sweeping her opponent 6-0, 6-0.
The highest-ranked opponent Guerin would face came in the semifinals when she took on Danbury’s Lindsey Post, the number four seed. Post did win a game in each set but went down 6-1, 6-1.
All of Guerin’s earlier matches in the tournament were against opponents she had never previously played in high school matches. However, a familiar faced awaited her in the finals.
For the title she met seventh-seeded Caroline Kelly of South-West Conference champ Newtown, an opponent she had defeated during the regular season, which accounted for Weston’s lone win in the match. As expected, Kelly gave her the most challenging match of the tournament.
Kelly won five games off her, the most of any opponent Guerin has faced this season. In the end the latter did not let things get out of hand, keeping her unbeaten streak going with a 6-2, 6-3 win and a third straight state singles title.
Now that the season is over, Guerin will still keep busy on the courts with USTA matches. She is currently ranked second in New England in the 16-and-under division and fifth in 18-and-under.
While Weston as a team did not finish with SWC and state Class S titles again this season it did make the semifinals of both tournaments. A young team, it also had to deal with injuries.
“I think we held our own,” said Guerin. “We still did our best.”