Lady Trojans fall to Newtown
Published 4:53 pm, Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Weston girls tennis team dropped only its third match of the season Monday, falling 6-1 at Newtown.
The Lady Trojans fell to 10-3 and the the Lady Nighthawks improved to 12-1.
Weston's lone victory came at first singles where unbeaten and defending State Open champion and New England standout Kimmy Guerin defeated her previously unbeaten counterpart, freshman Caroline Kelly, 6-1, 6-1. Lady Trojan coach Mary Ann Noyer noted that this was Guerin's toughest match of the campaign.
Weston's usual No. 4 singles player, Sarah Greisman, stepped into the No. 2 doubles slot. She paired with Julia Weisman, who normally plays third doubles along with Alexandra Hero. The duo fell 6-0, 6-1 to Maggie Kost and Annie Beier.
The Lady Trojans' top doubles tandem of Jessy Gersh and Morgan Murray lost 6-1, 6-2 to Julia Frattaroli and Stephanie Roman. At third doubles, McKenzie Murray and Bari Blitzer stepped in and dropped a two-setter, 6-1, 6-2 to Meghan Logan and Aimee Alexander.
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This was Weston's second loss to familiar SWC competition, the other being to Joel Barlow.
"We do get another chance with them next week," Noyer said of the May 16 rematch with Barlow. Weston has also fallen to non-conference foe Glastonbury.
Noyer is confident her team, five-time defending state champions, can again be in contention for a title and that it can make some noise in the SWC tourney. The first-year Weston coach credits the players for handling a trio of coaching changes in as many years well as they continue to perform.
"It's been an adjustment for them because it's my first year with them and it's their third coach in three years," said Noyer, adding that seniors Jennie Bear, Gersh, Kravchenko and Murray, along with Guerin, one of the team's captains, have all done a nice job to step up.
Noyer points out that while the team has found its way to a handful of state titles in a row, this particular squad has a new look after six players graduated from the most recent championship squad.
Bear and Murray, despite being seniors, don't have much varsity experience; and two sophomores, Hero and Blitzer, are new to the lineup, along with freshmen Greisman, Rivera and Weisman.
"We're definitely younger but I think we're holding our own. We're doing pretty well," Guerin said. "I love the camaraderie and the team. It's great to be with the whole team."
The Lady Trojans are aiming for the top again, but Noyer says the girls aren't pressured to succeed and to defend their state crown since so many cogs in the lineup are newcomers. "It doesn't seem that they feel the pressure to be honest," she said.
The coach added that tough matches, such as the Barlow and Newtown clashes, are great tests for her team.
One thing she wants to see out of the players the rest of the way is mental toughness and "When they do get into these closer matches that they can play their own game and not beat themselves."