Lady Trojan rackets slam Pomperaug
Not having its full lineup was never a problem for the Weston girls tennis team on Friday at Pomperaug. Although Pomperaug is in a battle for second place in the SWC and Weston was missing two players because of illness, junior Zoe Valella at second singles and senior Kelly Pierce at fourth singles, the Lady Trojans showed why they haven't lost since 2006 and raised their record to 10-0 with a 6-1 victory over the Lady Panthers (8-2). This was Weston's 74th straight victory.
"We had girls step it up against Pomperaug," Lady Trojan junior Emma Samson said.
Freshman Kimmy Guerin continues to show why she's ranked nationally and that Weston is arguably the best team in the state (better than powerhouses Greenwich and New Canaan) by bageling Lindsay Teardo, 6-0, 6-0. Senior Rebecca Zhu normally plays at third singles but moved up to second in Valella's absence and after losing the first set, she came back to defeat Melanie Scott, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
"After Rebecca lost the first set, we cheered for her and it helped," Lady Trojans senior captain Marie Gargiulo said.
"We knew they were going to be a better team and Emma and I didn't take anything for granted," Gargiulo. "We were focused the entire match."
Samson said, "I felt I didn't play as well as I could have but Marie is a strong poacher at the net and she helped me out."
Weston swept at doubles as juniors Aly Ashmore and Caroline Toutoungi defeated Lauren Damiani and Alex Cluney at second doubles, 6-3, 6-3 and sophomores Jessy Gersh and Morgan Murray topped Christine Piro and Meghan Sullivan at third doubles, 6-2, 7-5. Junior Dixie Glaser won for the Lady Trojans at fourth singles with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph of Juliana Foster, falling one game short of a bagel.
Senior captain Katie Gross was Weston's only blemish but she wasn't 100 percent healthy. She retired in the first set because of her shoulder and trailed 5-2 before defauting to Jennifer Piro.
The Lady Trojans raised their record to 11-0 and won their 75th straight match with a 7-0 win at Immaculate. Guerin and Valella bageled their opponents at first and second singles and Catherine Krachecko and Glaser won at third and fourth singles in straight sets. All doubles teams won in straight sets with the only change coming at third doubles where Pierce and Madison Groenings claimed victory for Weston.