After opening the 2012 season with a pair of tough opponents, the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls’ Varsity Tennis team picked up its first win of the season by topping visiting Stoneleigh-Burnham School 6-1.
“The team has been improving throughout the season,” No. 1 singles player Heather Little ’13 said. “It’s been very noticeable. The girls are enjoying the season and getting better each day. Stoneleigh-Burnham was a good school for us to play against and we got the win.
“We’ve been playing some tough schools. We played Worcester Academy last week, and also Williston, and those two prepared us for this one.”
Yes, the Titans were prepared and it showed as the hosts took six of the seven matches. WMA won four matches in straight sets, and two singles players rallied for wins after dropping the first set.
Heather, who had played a pair of difficult opponents to start the season, picked up her first win of 2012. She won 6-3, 6-1.
“I think there were a lot of long rallies and I had to be patient,” Heather said. “I didn’t go for winners a lot and I let her make the mistake.”
Another noteworthy victory for WMA came at No. 4 singles, with Molly Socha ’15 bouncing back to win 1-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8).
“I was a little nervous in the first set but when I got the butterflies out I played well,” said Molly, who was playing her first singles match. “I finally calmed down and focused on what I was supposed to do.”
Carla Dippe ’14 also proved to be resilient, earning a 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) triumph at No. 3 singles.
Sarah Goolishian ’13 took No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-4 as WMA swept the competition at singles. Lucy Wang ’12 and Megumi Aoki ’12 teamed to win at No. 1 doubles 6-3, 6-0, while the pairing of Julia Carrasquel Marquez ’12 and Brenda Costa ’12 took No. 3 doubles 6-2, 6-3.