Lady Trojan rackets slam Newtown on Senior Day
Updated 2:58 am, Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The Weston girls tennis team continues to dominate its SWC opponents.
Weston remained perfect in the SWC with a 6-1 home win over a very strong Newtown squad on Senior Day. With the win, the Lady Trojans, who haven't lost an SWC match since 2006, raised their record to 11-1, 10-0 in the SWC. Newtown dropped to 10-3, 9-1.
Lady Trojan sophomore Kimmy Guerin showed why she's the defending State Open champion by being a few levels above her opponents. Although she faced Lady Nighthawk sophomore Lauren Frazzetta, who is a strong opponent in her own right, Guerin was still dominant in bageling Frazzetta, 6-0, 6-0 at first singles.
Guerin had a masterful serve with some well-placed aces and attacked the net well in slamming home winners past a formidable -- but in this case -- overmatched Frazzetta.
"I used my serve as a weapon and I was able to move her around until she missed," Guerin said. "You just practice it [the serve] a lot and I was able to put it where I wanted to."
On most teams, senior Zoe Valella would play at first singles -- her position sophomore year when Guerin was in eighth grade. But for Weston, Valella is at second singles and she controlled the match by coming well to net and slamming home winners in a 6-2, 6-2 victory over senior Ale Fuentes.
"It was mostly hitting to her forehand side because she had a very strong backhand," Valella said.
She was especially gratified to turn in this performance on Senior Day.
"It was good to have everyone support the seniors," Valella said.
The Lady Trojans received dominating performances at third with junior Morgan Murray turning back freshman lefty Annie Beier, 6-1, 6-0. Murray was steady with her shots and forced many errors.
Weston triumphed at fourth singles behind junior Catherine Kravchenko's consistent play in a 6-2, 6-2 decision over fresh6-a 6-2, 6-2 decision over freshman Maggie Kost. Kravchenko was consistent in her shot placement, which forced many errors.
At second doubles, Lady Trojan senior Caroline Toutoungi and junior Jessy Gersh set each other up well in their 6-1, 6-3 victory over Newtown senior co-captain Sara Benson and sophomore Stephanie Roman.
Toutoungi served a few aces and her volleys set up Gersh slamming home winners. Gersh also tapped home a winner and her ground strokes led to Toutoungi's winners at the net.
"Jessy and I are a powerhouse combination and we're both strong players," Toutoungi said. "Even though it's not our final home meet, it feels good to know the seniors had a good run but it's sad that it's almost over."
Gersh said, "It was one of our more difficult matches but I think we handled it well. I'm used to the pressure."
The most competitive match took place at first doubles where Weston senior co-captains Emma Samson and Aly Ashmore won the first set, 6-3, but Lady Nighthawk senior co-captain Megan Loose and freshman Julia Fratteroli took the second set, 6-2, to force a third set to decide everything.
Newtown looked like it was going to win the deciding set after taking a 4-1 lead but Samson and Ashmore came back and won the match, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5).
"We had to stay consistent, remain focused and positive," Ashmore said. "We had to keep each other positive."
Samson said, "They are a pretty good team and we tried to keep our cool, play consistently and outplay them."
The Lady Trojan captains began their rally by breaking Fratteroli with Ashmore using her elbow in hitting a passing shot for a winner and Samson forced an error.
Ashmore then held serve with two aces and Weston got the first three points with Loose serving. After the Lady Nighthawks gained the next two, Ashmore closed it out with an overhead forehand slam for a winner to tie it 4-4.
Although the Lady Trojans appeared to have the momentum, they weren't able to close our Newtown. Samson was on the verge of winning but the Lady Nighthawks broke her. Newtown had match point in the next game but Fratteroli double-faulted and following Samson's overhead forehand winner, Ashmore closed out the game.
Ashmore had two double faults in the next game and Fratteroli clinched it with a winner. Loose was serving match point in the next game but she then hit it out to bring it back to deuce. Ashmore then closed out the game with two overhead forehand winners, one of them in which she leaped before smacking it home.
Weston still faced adversity in the tiebreaker as the Lady Nighthawks scored four straight points to take a 4-1 lead. The Lady Trojans came back with two points on Loose's serve and after allowing a point, scored three straight to close out the game.
"We put our concerns out of our minds and tried to pump each other up," Samson said.