EAST MONTPELIER – The U-32 girls tennis team crossed two items off its bucket list during Friday’s Division II semifinal.
The No. 2 Raiders punched their first ticket to the championship by defeating Burr & Burton for the first time in program history. The Raiders (11-1) earned a 6-1 semifinal victory to set up a title match against No. 1 Woodstock (13-0) next week. The Bulldogs were previously 6-0 in post-season appearances against the Raiders, but BBA had little hope this time around following a handful of lopsided losses.
Ginger Knight, Lucy Krokenberger, Addie Hannan and Robyn Dudley won in singles action for U-32. Sierra Henderson and Zoie Beauregard triumphed at No. 1 doubles, while Tovah Williams and Jasmine Toro prevailed at the No 2 spot. U-32’s Eva Jessup put up a strong fight at No. 3 singles during a 6-4, 7-5 defeats.
“The girls played amazing today,” U-32 coach Tim Flynn said. “Ginger, Lucy, Addie and Robyn were totally dominant. And Eva played a great match but wound up losing in two close sets. Our doubles were also very strong today and we were really happy about the play of Tovah and Jasmine at No. 2 doubles. They lost the first set but came roaring back in the second and then never looked back in the tiebreaker. I’m so happy for the team as they move on to the finals. They have worked really hard and it is paying off for them.”
Ginger Knight (U) def. Luna Bechstein 6-0, 6-1 Lucy Krokenberger (U) def. Spencer North 6-1, 6-1 Sarah Asciutto (B) def. Eva Jessup 6-4, 7-5 Addie Hannan (U) def. Kali Brandt 6-0, 6-0 Robyn Dudley (U) def. Evelyn Seidner 6-0, 6-0
Sierra Henderson and Zoie Beauregard (U) def. Emily Sullivan and Mac Thuermer 6-1, 6-4 Tovah Williams and Jasmine Toro (U) def. Rachel Jones and Rachel Kimball 5-7, 6-0, 10-6
Woodstock 4, Montpelier 3
WOODSTOCK – The two-time defending champs were pushed to the limit Friday before escaping with a narrow victory in Division II semifinal action.
Singles victories by Momo Biele and Olivia Marsicovetere combined with a doubles victory from Kenzie Biele and Chloe Noble gave the Wasps a 3-1 lead. Teammate Katey MacMaster finished the job at No 4 singles, giving the No. 1 Wasps (13-0) a championship date with No. 2 U-32 (11-1). MacMaster trailed 4-1 in the second set before rallying to a close out a 6-0, 7-5 victory over Lily Gingold.
“Lily came so close to forcing the match breaker,” MHS coach Richard Bashara said. “It was power versus power, and a couple of shots on the line decided it.”
Isabelle Boutin prevailed at No. 2 singles for Montpelier. She earned a 6-4, 5-7, 10-7 victory over Lydia Howe.
“Isabelle was so composed playing Lydia,” Bashara said. “A lot of long points were hard-fought, and Isabelle gave her all to win the last three points.”
Fellow Solon Dominique Savard won at No. 5 singles. She held off a late challenge by Terney Dugan to prevail, 6-2, 7-5.
“Dominique kept the pressure on and she never let up,” Bashara said. “She wanted the win and she got it.
Elizabeth Cossett and Evie Caserta picked up another point for the Solons at No. 2 doubles. The MHS duo outlasted Julianne Beraldie and Lily Holding, 6-3, 6-4
“Evie and Lizzie were quick to the net and hit sharp, crisp volleys,” Bashara said. “They played so well.”
Woodstock earned a 6-1 semifinal win over U-32 during last year’s semifinals. The Wasps and Raiders did not play each other during the regular season.
Momo Biele (W) def. Bella Luhr 6-0, 6-1 Isabelle Boutin (M) def. Lydia Howe 6-4, 5-7, 10-7 Olivia Marsicovetere (W) def. Meredith Stetter 6-3, 6-0 Katey MacMaster (W) def. Lily Gingold 6-0, 7-5 Dominique Savard (M) def. Terney Dugan 6-2, 7-5