By John Goralski
Robin Thompson eyed the gathering clouds with contempts as her team hurried to complete their matches. The win was secured. All but one match went the distance before the deluge began.
Thompson wasn’t worried about the win. Her focus was on the No. 1 doubles team where Southington’s only senior, Susan Murphy, was battling alongside her teammate Rianna Susco.
It wasn’t the way that Thompson had envisioned Southington’s senior night festivities.
“It rained on our parade,” Thompson said with a forced laugh. “Rianna and Susan needed this match. They need 10 matches together to be qualified for the state open, and this would have given them that opportunity.”
It could still work out since Murphy and Susco were close to clinching when the rain ended play and the lightning detectors forced an end to the postgame barbecue. Thompson tried to stay positive.
“Their coach was fine with calling it ‘retired.’ We were winning, but I still have to get the official ruling,” she said. “We want to get our conference games in, so I’m glad that we had enough time to get the match decided. It wasn’t the way that we wanted to do this for Susan, but we’ll find a way to properly honor her over the next week or so.”
The win will be scored as a shutout. Alex Barmore, Angela Balaoing, Cassidy Race, and Catie Wormer swept singles long before the rain began.
Liz Costello-Natalia Gimenez and Julie Falk-Sam Lohneiss also scored victories before the rains began. With Murphy-Susco scoring a ‘retired’ win, the Knights secured a 7-0 win.
The victory came on the heels of a 4-3 win over Newington. Barmore, Race, and Wormer won singles, and the doubles manufactured one victory despite three close battles.
Now, Southington (11-2) will turn their attention toward two games this week as the No. 9 Knights try to put the finishing touches on a top 10 seed for the Class L tournament.
“I can’t believe it’s here already. Right now, I’m a little concerened with our positioning, but our girls are ready,” said Thompson. “We made a couple of switches in doubles to give us two stronger teams, and I hope that we made the right changes.”
We’re about to find out.