Updated 9:49pm — A season high turned into a quick good-bye for the Blue Wave.
For a second straight year Darien’s had its hopes dashed at states with a forfeit disqualification in the first round.
The two-time FCIAC Champion No. 4 team in Class L beat No. 13 Southington in the first round of states, then fell foul of the CIAC rules and now finds itself out of the running.
Chris Manfredonia, Darien Athletic Director, sent a message to the team following the decision, that was made due to a player taking part in a non-high school event during the season.
It read: “After doing our investigation and reporting the results to the CIAC officials, they ruled that there was a violation and as a result the team has been removed from the State Tournament effective this afternoon, May 30, 2017. Today’s home match against Greenwich has been forfeited.
“This is an unfortunate set of circumstances for our team who has performed so admirably throughout the season.”
“I would say that it is a really unfortunate definition of an ‘outside team’ (and) certainly not a competitive league team for a high school player,” said Darien coach Anne-Lise Brown. “Thoughtful consideration by the CIAC should be allowed for circumstances surrounding this situation.”
The following is the announcement from the CIAC booting Darien from the court:
Due to the use of an ineligible player, Darien High School has been disqualified from the CIAC Class L Girls Tennis Tournament.
Per CIAC by-laws, Southington High School, Darien’s first-round opponent, will now play against Greenwich High School in a quarterfinal on Tuesday, May 31 at a site to be determined.
Per CIAC by-laws “when it is discovered that a team has used an ineligible competitor in a CIAC team tournament, the tournament game/match shall be forfeited. The team using the ineligible player will be disqualified from the tournament and that team’s last opponent will advance in its place. Teams eliminated prior to the last opponent will not be permitted to re-enter the tournament.”
Darien self-reported use of the ineligible player which was discovered after its victory against Southington in a first-round match on May 27.