Darien girls tennis sweeps New Canaan to remain undefeated
The Darien Blue Wave girls varsity tennis team is now 11-0 on the season after a sweeping all seven courts against the rival New Canaan Rams on Monday at DHS.
“But the score really doesn’t reflect the play, to be honest,” Darien head coach Anne-Lise Brown said of the match.
“There was just a lot of really good tennis,” Brown said. “We never underestimate New Canaan so we were all expecting a good match. I feel like the 7-0 doesn't reflect the quality of the tennis that was there: It looks like a blowout, but it certainly wasn't.”
Playing No. 1 singles, Darien sophomore Emily Wiley defeated New Canaan senior Caroline Mayock 6-4, 6-3, while at No. 2 singles her twin sister Katie Wiley defeated junior Sophie Gardner 6-3, 6-1.
Rounding out the wins at singles for the Wave were junior Abby Stravato at No. 3 singles, who beat New Canaan sophomore Valentina Zamora 6-3, 6-2 and freshman Cameron Cavanna at No. 4 singles, who defeated sophomore Imogen Smith 6-3, 7-6.
All three Wave doubles lineups also emerged victorious, led by a win at No. 1 by the veteran pairing of senior Juliet Homes and junior Elaina Cummiskey, over tough opponents seniors Jenny Loomis and Chloe Sigg, 6-3, 6-2.
“Elaina and Juliet have a great chemistry on the court,” Brown said. “They're very different players stylistically, but they've been playing all season together and they know each other's games well and I think they are a tough team. Chloe and Jenny are a great team too, and they've had a lot of success this year, so I was really pleased that Juliet and Elaina did as well as they did, and won as decisively as they did."
At second doubles, the Wave’s senior Quin Wolters and junior Caroline Hojsgaard played the longest match of the day, going three close sets before defeating the Rams’ sophomore pair Jordyn Lee and Charlotte Sigg 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 3 doubles, the sophomore pairing of Caroline Homes and Daniela Castellanos beat New Canaan’s senior Grace Ruksznis and sophomore Natalie Thompson 6-0, 6-3.
Next up for the Wave is Staples, whom Darien beat in the regular season last year, only to fall to the Wreckers in both the FCIAC and state finals.
“The girls got some good competitive tennis today and some confidence,” Brown said. “It’s always nice to have a good win the day before you move on to what will probably be our toughest match of the regular season."
DARIEN 7, NEW CANAAN 0
(at Darien): Singles: Emily Wiley (D) def. Caroline Mayock 6-4, 6-3; Katie Wiley (D) def. Sophie Gardner 6-3, 6-1; Abby Stravato (D) def. Valentina Zamora 6-3, 6-2; Cameron Cavanna (D) def. Imogen Smith 6-3, 7-6; Doubles: Juliet Homes/Eliana Cumminskey (D) def. Jenny Loomis/Chloe Sigg 6-3, 6-2; Quin Wolters/Caroline Hojsgaard (D) def. Jordyn Lee/Charlotte Sigg 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Caroline Homes/Daniela Castellanos (D) def. Natalie Thompson/Grace Ruksznis 6-0, 6-3; Records: New Canaan 9-2; Darien 11-0