Girls tennis: Reign ends at five league titles

lt had been quite a run for the Weston High girls tennis team in the South-West Conference.

For the past five seasons the Trojans dominated the league, winning the championship each time. The competition finally caught up with them at the league semifinals last week.

Not as experienced as in recent seasons and dealing with a key injury, the third-seeded Trojans were more vulnerable, losing 6-1 to second-seeded Joel Barlow Thursday, May 17, and ending their reign as SWC champs.

The loss was Weston’s second this season to Barlow, a team it defeated in each of the past four league championships.

“I know they hoped for a closer outing today,” said Weston coach Mary Ann Noyer, whose team lost to the same opponent 5-2 earlier this month. “But they also respect the quality tennis Barlow is playing this season.”

Weston’s lone win last Thursday came at first singles. Remaining unbeaten, Kimmy Guerin just missed a shutout in a 6-1, 6-0 win over Paige Twombly.

With senior captain Jessy Gersh sidelined for the remainder of the season with a knee injury the Trojans had to make some adjustments to their lineup. Catherine Kravchenko moved to first doubles, forcing the rest of Weston’s singles lineup to move up a notch.

Kristen Rivera was at second singles and was shut out 6-0, by Samantha Goldburg. Sarah Greisman was in the number three spot and lost a 6-2, 6-0 decision to Ali Kudej.

At fourth singles Weston had Jennie Bear, who often plays doubles. She fell 6-1, 6-2 to Morgan Jordan.

Kravchenko teamed up with Morgan Murray at first doubles but lost 6-3, 6-3 to Adriana Maconochie and Alyssa Lyon. Weston had its usual lineup at second doubles but Bari Blitzer and McKenzie Murray lost 6-1, 6-1 to Sarah McCain and Jessica Levine for the second time this season.

At third doubles, Julia Weisman and Lexie Hero won just one game off Maddy Frierson and Alyssa Gontzes before losing 6-1, 6-0.

Weston will try to keep its run of state championships going when it takes part in the Class S tournament starting next week.

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