Stonington's Marseglia (No. 28 seed), EL's Kim (No. 25) reach ECC girls' tennis quarters
Stonington — Two low seeds having reached the singles quarterfinals of the Eastern Connecticut Conference girls' tennis tournament, highlighting a busy day of matches on a blustery Tuesday at Stonington High School.
Stonington's Alison Marseglia, the No. 28 seed, and East Lyme's Shauna Kim, seeded No. 25, won two matches each against higher seeds to advance to the quarters, which will be played on Wednesday at 3 p.m., followed by the semifinals.
Marseglia upset No. 5 Abby Dirico of Ledyard in the first round and No. 12 Cassandra Cannon of New London in the second round, while Kim upset No. 8 Lauren O'Donnell of St. Bernard in the first round and East Lyme teammate Becca Paggioli in the second round.
Kim will face top-seeded Maddie Hamm of Stonington in the quarters while Marseglia will meet No. 4 Mari Ruggeri of Woodstock Academy.
Two other higher-seeded players also advance to the quarterfinals. No. 11 Snehar Kumar of Fitch beat No. 6 Sabrina Berard of Killingly in the second round and will face No. 3 Anna Slopak of Norwich Free Academy in the quarters, while No. 10 Ainsley Johnstone of Stonington beat No. 7 Mary Kathryn Taylor of East Lyme in the second round and will play No. 2 Samantha Cote of Fitch in the quarters.
In doubles, Stonington's top-seeded team of Cassie Onorato-Amelia Caron won twice to reach the semifinals, as did No. 3 Emily Zhu-Liz Beaulieu of East Lyme. Onorato-Caron will face teammates Grace Milne-Mia Lewandowski, who won three matches as the No. 13 seed, while Zhu-Beaulieu will take on No. 7 Emma Durand-Rachel Lambert of Woodstock, who upset their teammates, No. 2 Caitlyn Sroczenski-Adeline Smith in three sets in the quarterfinals.
There were few upsets in the ECC boys' tournament as seven of the top eight seeds reached the quarterfinals.
East Lyme's Finn Power, the top seed and defending champion, will play No. 8 Sean Bessette of Stonington, No. 4 David Fleck of Woodstock will play No. 5 Fadi Hage of Waterford; No. 2 William Michelson of Stonington will play No. 10 Sumeet Kadian of East Lyme and No. 3 Jake Stiger of Stonington will play No. 6 Eric Gu of East Lyme. Kadian defeated No. 7 Zack Skrabacz of New London in the second round.
In doubles, one semifinal matchup is already set as top-seeded Jonathan Tam-Guillem Colon of East Lyme will play No. 4 Tim Lynch-Aidan McLean of Fitch. Two others quarterfinal matches will be completed on Wednesday at 3 p.m. (the semis will follow) as No. 2 Sujesh Kurumbail-Ethan Stewart of East Lyme faces No. 6 Quinn Hamilton-Filip Aubrecht of Stonington and No. 2 Graham Johnstone-Kyle Remmert of Stonington faces No. 7 Aiden Stewart-Stefan Chervenkov of Woodstock.
Both singles and doubles matches on Wednesday will be played at East Lyme.
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