H.S. Tennis: Li tops Burgess but Stonington beats East Lyme

East Lyme - Stonington High School's girls' tennis team remained unbeaten with a 6-1 victory over East Lyme on Friday afternoon.

There was some intrigue in the No. 1 singles match between a pair of all-state players, however, as East Lyme's Joan Li topped defending Eastern Connecticut Conference singles champion Annika Burgess 6-4, 6-2, avenging a three-set loss to Burgess earlier in the season.

"Joan's win today was exciting," East Lyme coach Laurie Zrenda said. "Joan was so focused and determined. The first set was close, but once the momentum swung her way, Joan was able to go up 5-0 in the second set."

Chloe Slater won a three-set match at No. 2 singles for Stonington (10-0), as did Mollie Kam at No. 4 singles.

Caroline Kam added a singles win and Stonington swept the doubles behind Hannah Fabianski and Emily Buxton, Emily Gardiner and Meg Rolfe and Gina Feliciano and Taylor Startz.

East Lyme is 8-3.

In other matches:

• Norwich Free Academy's Jillian Stevenson rallied to beat Joslin Phaneuf 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles match and help her team beat Windham 5-2.

Victoria Majcher and Angela Flores-Alcalde both won singles matches for NFA (4-5).

• New London lost to Bacon Academy 5-2. New London (1-9) won the first two singles matches with Tathiana Jean-Baptiste and Lillian James.


• Old Lyme's Hugh Cipparone won a three-set match at No. 4 singles, helping lift the Wildcats to a 7-0 victory over Westbrook in the Shoreline Conference.

Cipparone, a sophomore, lost the first set 6-0 before winning the next two sets in tiebreakers, 7-6 (4) and 7-6 (5).

Morgan White, Brendan White, Alex Brault and Ethan Fenton also won singles matches for the Wildcats (13-1).

• Suryansh Patel, Nick Hotary, Benjamin Biondi and Charley Ren won singles matches in East Lyme's 7-0 victory over Stonington.

Nipun Hewage and Matthew Chan won at No. 1 doubles for the Vikings (10-1). Stonington is 7-3.

• Waterford breezed past Fitch 7-0, getting singles wins from Alan Luner, Shashwat Kala, Matt Getty and Willie Dong.

Brett Pias and Tucker Murphy won at No. 1 doubles, followed by wins from James Maryeski and Sean Ryan and Trey Zaharek and Adam Howard.

Waterford is 12-0, Fitch 8-4.

• Sam Buffum, Jon Powell, Adam Verhoeff and Jenner Foster won singles matches in The Williams School's 7-0 victory over Rocky Hill (R.I.). Rudy Harvey and Victoria Ferrigno won their No. 1 doubles match for the Blues.

• Bacon Academy swept singles play and beat New London 4-3. New London (2-10) got doubles wins from the teams of Seth Lake-Collin Sawyer, Bahaa Hoda-Wasaam Hoda and C.J. Parker-Zavier Veliz.


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