Glastonbury Girls Tennis Wins Class L Championship Over Staples

WOODBRIDGE-Glastonbury High School girls tennis won the program’s first Class L championship since 1992 Thursday, defeating top-seeded Staples 4-3 at Amity High School.

In singles, sisters Lexi DeNucci (senior) and Maddie DeNucci (jr.) and junior Reilly Malz won for the No. 3 Tomahawks. Lexi defeated Alyssa DiMaio 6-1, 6-1, and Maddie bested Olivia Foster by the same scores. Malz beat Tess Rubin. In doubles, Glastonbury’s No. 2 team of juniors Alexa Desaulniers and Eden Baker helped earn a championship with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1win.

“The team really pulled itself together mentaly in the championship,” said head coach Sharon Murphy. “We had straight set wins at 1,2 and 3 singles from: Lexi, Maddy and Rielly, and  the fourth win for the overall match victory over Staples came from # 2 doubles: Eden Baker and Alexa Desaulniers. For a while the overall match was a nail biter for sure and could have gone either way. The girls all have the skill set needed to win, they just needed to believe in themselves.”

The Tomahawks were able to get revenge on Staples, who had defeated them in the tournament semifinals the previous two seasons. The Wreckers had also defeated GHS 5-2 during the regular season.

Glastonbury reached the finals by sweeping Mercy and New Canaan 7-0 and triumphing 5-2 over Westhill.

Murphy reflected on the development of her players and how they reacheda championship level.

“I’ve basically had this same squad of girls for the past 3-4 years.  The girls have matured mentally, physically and technically in their game thru their dedication in season as well as off season. Many play on  USTA Junior Team Tennis teams and/or compete in USTA Junior tournaments. The season is so short that it’s really important to play  outside of the season in order to be competitive with the Fairfield County teams. I think this year we all realized we could be as competitive and  win if we focused on the positive and not the negative when the point didn’t go our way.”

Multiple Tomahawk players will compete in the State Open on Wednesday at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. Lexi DeNucci advanced all the way to the finals of last season’s Open, where it lost top-seeded Kateri Martin of Darien 6-1, 6-4.

 

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