Williston’s Girls Varsity Tennis team capped off their great season by capturing First Place at the Suffield Tennis Tournament on Saturday.
Williston’s number one, Julie Lord ’16, started the morning with a great focus and energy, beating all of her opponents 8-0 in the first three rounds of play. Lord was pushed to produce her best tennis of the day in the finals, but she was up for the task. She was crowned overall tournament champion, after she ended her Wildcat tennis career with a comfortable 6-1, 6-3 win over her opponent from the Gunnery.
Williston’s number two singles, Toula Sierros ’16, was equally dominant in her flight. Sierros won all of three of her round-robin matches by a wide margin before defeating the Gunnery’s number two singles player, 6-2, 6-1. Sierros will remain a student-athlete in the Pioneer Valley this fall when she begins her academic and tennis career at Smith College.
The newly-formed doubles partnership of Danielle Grant ’16 and Haley Beecher ’18 paid off for the Wildcats, as the duo finished the day undefeated. After sweeping past their first three matches over Pomfret, Suffield, and Marianapolis, Grant and Beecher handily defeated the Gunnery in the finals, 6-1, 6-1. Both Grant and Beecher were last-minute additions to the squad after Ray Stein ’16 and Fuka Iwama ’18 suffered season-ending injuries just hours before the tournament.
Co-captains Abbie Foster ’16 and Caroline Borden ’16 had a great day of tennis as well. After winning two of their three opening round-robin matches, the duo advanced to the finals, where they faced a strong Gunnery team. Although Foster and Borden fell in the championship match, the points they accumulated were enough to give Williston the overall tournament title with 36 points, just one point above the Gunnery, which finished in second place with 35.
Congratulations Wildcat tennis players on a great weekend of tennis and a great season!