Printed: 5/29/2021 11:54:22 AM
The Wilton-Lyndeborough women’ tennis staff had a shot at a Cinderella story Friday afternoon, however visiting Trinity dashed these goals and danced away in victory.
Friday’s Division III match opener began early to permit Trinity’s upperclassmen an opportunity at attending that night’s promenade; because it turned out, the Pioneers left their seniors at residence to prepared up for the dance and introduced a diminished staff to Wilton to face the Warriors’ four-girl squad. As at all times, WLC defaulted at No. 5 and No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles, beginning the playoff match with an 3-0 deficit. However, the Warriors made a match of it, exhibiting the enhancements they’ve revamped the quick season.
Head coach Fran Bujak stated his staff has made nice strides this spring, which had been eviden t on the court docket Friday.
“A number of volleys forwards and backwards over the web, attending to the ball – a enormous enchancment in attending to the ball,” Bujak stated. “And even in a number of the swings, preserving the ball in play as an alternative of the ball, higher timing and positioning, shifting the toes higher to get into place higher, and making good contact quite than so many balls going off the court docket, as we had previously.”
Trinity’s Harley Plasz made fast work of Madeleine Straw at No. 3 singles, 8-0, however the Warriors threatened in each different sport. At No. 1, regular Warrior Elisabeth Jacob made Pioneer Devan Sales space work exhausting for her 8-3 victory.
“[Booth] is an excellent participant,” Bujak stated. “They had been evenly matched although. It was a a lot nearer match than the 8-3 last.”
WLC No. 2 Erin MacDonald took Trinity’s Clare Tran to tiebreaks earlier than finally dropping 9-7, and Senja Sours, trailing early on, received 8-4 over Molly Bacon to present the Warriors a win.
“She turned that factor fully round and got here again,” Bujak stated.
The Warriors had been proper within the doubles matches, too. Each groups – Jacob/MacDonald and Straw/Sours – misplaced 8-6, taking the Pioneers proper all the way down to the wire and ending up the match simply as the primary raindrops began to hit the court docket. In the end, it was an 8-1 Trinity win, however for the younger Warriors, it was invaluable postseason expertise that ought to gasoline their aggressive spirit subsequent spring, when all 4 Warriors are anticipated to return, and, ideally, add to their ranks.
“Everyone at the very least was in a aggressive match in a match,” Bujak stated. “I do not assume any coach may ask for something extra.”
Trinity now has a date with Conant, because the Orioles pulled off a rain-shortened victory at Pelham of their playoff opener on Friday. Conant received the highest 4 singles positions and had been effectively forward within the prime two doubles, coach Gloria Morison stated, earlier than the skies opened up and Pelham agreed to name it an Oriole victory, quite than resume at a later date.
Margaret Winiecki (8-0), Sarah Smith (8-3), Abby Wheeler (8-2) and Emily Muilenberg (8-1) all received their singles matches outright; Erin Weidner was in a heated 3-3 sport when the match was known as, and Bella Hart was up 4-2.
Trinity hosts Conant within the DIII quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Monday, climate allowing.