ECC tennis: Hamm, Cote reach girls' final; Power to face Stiger in boys' final
Stonington — Following a day filled with upsets, the top seeds held true to form on Day 2 of the Eastern Connecticut Conference girls' tennis tournament at Stonington High School on Wednesday.
And when the singles and doubles championships are held on Thursday at 3 p.m., the top two seeds in each match will be competing for their first titles.
Top-seeded Stonington freshman Maddie Hamm will play No. 2 Samantha Cote, a senior from Fitch, for the singles title while No. 1 Cassie Onorato-Amelia Caron of Stonington will face No. 2 Emily Zhu-Liz Beaulieu of East Lyme in the doubles finale.
Hamm defeated No. 25 Shauna Kim of East Lyme 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals and No. 4 Mari Ruggeri of Woodstock Academy 6-2, 6-2 in the semis. Cote, meanwhile, beat No. 10 Ainsley Johnstone in the quarterfinals after Johnstone was forced to retire with an injury after losing the first set 6-1. Cote then beat No. 3 Anna Slopak of Norwich Free Academy 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals.
Onorato, a senior, and Caron, a sophomore, beat Stonington teammates Grace Milne and Mia Lewandowski, the No. 13 seed, 7-5, 6-3, while Zhu, a senior, and Beaulieu, a junior, eliminated No. 7 Emma Durand and Rachel Lambert of Woodstock 7-5, 6-3.
• Defending champion Finn Power of East Lyme cruised into his second straight ECC singles final, but he will face a different opponent in Thursday's 3 p.m. final at East Lyme High School.
The top-seeded junior rolled to wins over No. 8 Sean Bessette of Stonington (6-1, 6-2) and No. 4 David Fleck of Woodstock (6-0, 6-2), but No. 2 seed William Michelson of Stonington, who lost to Finn in the 2018 final, was beaten by his teammate, No. 3 Jake Stiger, 6-1, 6-7, 6-1 in the semifinals.
Stiger reached the semis with a 6-1, 6-7, 6-1 win over No. 6 Eric Gu of East Lyme, while Michelson defeated No. 10 Sumeet Kadian of East Lyme 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 in his quarterfinal match.
The doubles final will be a matchup of East Lyme teammates as top-seeded Jonathan Tan and Guillem Colom will face No. 3 Sujesh Kurumbail and Ethan Stewart. Tan-Colom beat No. 4 Tim Lynch-Aidan McLean 6-2, 6-1 in the semis while Kurumbail-Stewart ousted No. 2 Graham Johnstone-Kyle Remmert of Stonington 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 in the semis.
At East Lyme
No. 1 Finn Power (East Lyme) def. No. 8 Sean Bessette (Stonington), 6-1, 6-2; No. 4 David Fleck (Woodstock) def. No. 5 Fadi Hage (Waterford), 6-3, 6-4; No. 2 William Michelson (Stonington) def. No. 10 Sumeet Kadian (East Lyme), 2-6, 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 Jake Stiger (Stonington) def. No. 6 Eric Gu (East Lyme), 6-1, 6-7, 6-1.
Power def. Fleck 6-0, 6-2; Stiger def. Michelson, 6-1, 6-7, 6-1.
Finn Power vs. Jake Stiger, 3 p.m.
No. 3 Sujesh Kurumbail-Ethan Stewart (East Lyme) def. No. 6 Quinn Hamilton-Filip Aubrecht (Stonington), 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 Graham Johnstone-Kyle Remmert (Stonington) def. No. 7 Aidan Stewart-Stefan Chervenkova (Woodstock), 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 Jonathan Tan-Guillem Colon (East Lyme) def. No. 4 Tim Lynch-Aidan McLean (Fitch), 6-2, 6-1; Kurumbail-Stewart def. Johnstone-Remmert, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.
Jonathan Tan-Guillem Colon vs. Sujesh Kurmbail-Ethan Stewart, 3 p.m.
No. 1 Maddie Hamm (Stonington) def. No. 25 Shaun Kim (East Lyme), 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 Mari Ruggeri (Woodstock) def. No. 28 Alison Marseglia (Stonington), 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 Anna Slopak (NFA) def. No. 11 Snehar Kumar (Fitch), 6-1, 6-4; No. 2 Samantha Cote (Fitch) def. No. 10 Ainsley Johnstone (Stonington), 6-1, retired.
Hamm def. Ruggeri, 6-2, 6-2; Cote def. Slopak, 6-0, 6-1.
Maddie Hamm vs. Samantha Cote, 3 p.m.
No. 1 Cassie Onorato-Amelia Caron (Stonington) def. No. 13 Grace Milne-Mia Lewandowski (Stonington), 7-5, 6-3; No. 3 Emily Zhu-Liz Beaulieu (East Lyme) def. No. 7 Emma Durand-Rachel Lambert (Woodstock), 7-5, 6-2.
Onorato-Caron vs. Zhu-Beaulieu, 3 p.m.
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