Avenging an early season loss, the Amity girls tennis team defeated previously-undefeated Hand 5-2 Monday afternoon at Yale’s Cullenan Indoor Courts. The loss not only spoiled the Tigers bid for an undefeated season, it gave both teams 14-1 records in the Southern Connecticut Conference. In accordance with SCC tie-breaker rules, this match resulted in Amity (now 14-2 overall and No. 4 in Class L) being declared the Conference’s regular season champs. It was the Lady Spartans’ first tennis title in seven years and guaranteed them the top seed in the SCC tournament that gets underway later this week.
According to Amity Coach Harold Freedman, “It was a wonderful effort by my girls. There was a lot riding on the outcome of this match.”
The match featured Amity sweeping all four singles matches and then added a victory at No. 1 Doubles. In their previous No. 1 Singles match, Amity’s Jessica Seidman lost a three-set battle with her Tiger counterpart, Taylor Fay. This time Seidman reversed the outcome by defeating Fay in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
“It was a well-played match. Jessica was really on her game. She was not about to give Taylor much room to work,” Freedman said.
The first time they faced each other at No. 2 Singles, Dina Weick outlasted Rachel Petrini 6-4, 6-4. Monday’s rematch was equally as close and once again Weick overcame Petrini 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
Freedman added, “This match featured two big hitters slugging it out once again. Dina landed some really good shots that enabled her to prevail over Rachel.”
Amity completed its singles sweep with Robyn Warren easily downing the Tigers’ Gabby Diotalevi 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 Singles and freshman Claire Foster defeating Megan Sosensky 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 4 Singles.
Freedman said, “It was great seeing us sweep all four singles matches in straight sets. Claire won a long, tough match. The match had three tie breakers and we won all three.”
Adding icing to the victory cake, Amity also claimed No. 1 Doubles as Co-Captains Alisha Roopchand and Bayla Weick put away Hand’s Nicole Cahill and Callie Swiggert 7-6 (8-6) 6-2. With this victory,
Roopchand and Weick completed a perfect (12-0) regular season.