By John Goralski
The Lady Knight tennis team shook off their first loss of the season to score back-to-back shutouts. With a 7-0 win over East Hartford on Friday, the girls improved to 8-1 overall and qualified for the state tournament.
“That was goal number one, and we achieved that almost as quickly as we could,” said Southington coach Robin Thompson. “I’m really happy for our girls. That’s three years in a row for us, so it really is quite an accomplishment.”
On the other hand, the week also showed that the Knights still have a ways to go to match last year’s quarterfinal run. On Monday, Alex Barmore scrambled for a straight set victory at No. 1 singles to spoil the shutout, but NW Catholic swept through the rest of Southignton’s lineup.
“I think we had a chance to make it a 4-3 match because we really were on the crux of pushing some of them to three sets. We just fell a little bit short,” said Thompson. “We just made our adjustments a little too late. I’m hoping that, now that we have it under our belts, this is a good loss. I hope we learned from it, and we’ll apply it to our next matches.”
That’s exactly what the girls did. On Wednesday, they traveled to Enfield to sweep past Fermi, 7-0. Barmore eked a 7-5 win in her first set and rallied for a 6-0 win to clinch her match.
Angela Baloing, Cassidy Race, and Catie Wormer won easily at singles. Susan Murphy-Rianna Susco, Liz Costello-Natalia Gimenez, and Caroline Barry-Olivia Ende won in straight sets at doubles.
On Friday, the girls continued the streak, dispatching East Hartford in straight sets for each match. Barmore, Balaoing, Race, and Wormer won singles. Murphy-Susco, Costello-Gimenez, and Sam Lohneiss-Julie Falk won doubles.
“It was good,” said Thompson. “We came back with two wins after that first sort of shock to our system. Hopefully, it got us back in tune for what’s coming for us next week.”