By BRIAN JENNINGS
In a lopsided week, the Lady Knights earned their third win of the season with a 7-0 sweep against a weaker opponent, as all of their wins on the season have been sweeps. They also suffered their first sweep of the season.
Understandable, they were down a number of starters for the match, as some swapped from singles to doubles and others filled starting roles with very little varsity experience, against one of the top teams in the state.
It’s still hard for her to put the current state of the team into words, but Southington coach Robin Thompson said that they are a little further down the line, more so with doubles. She feels pretty good about singles though, as far as the four girls she plays there typically.
“We have some girls that are beginning to show some really good skills in doubles,” said Thompson. “We just have to figure out the combination and whether or not everyone’s in the right slot within the combination.”
In her mind, Thompson said that they have seven or eight girls for six spots in the doubles lineup that they’re still navigating through.
“It might be the kind of thing where we make some minor adjustments just based on who we play,” said Thompson. “That might give someone the opportunity to play because we’re not so concerned about the outcome of the match just to give them the experience.”
The Knights will be back on the courts this week with home contests against New Britain (4-1), Farmington (2-0), and Manchester (1-2). Southington is 3-2.
The Knights surrendered just two games in all matches combined on Tuesday, April 17 to earn their third win and shutout of the season with a 7-0 sweep of East Hartford at home. Southington’s singles players did not drop a game.
In singles, No. 1 Abby Murphy No. 2 Coral Tommervik, No. 3 Molly Murphy, and No. 4 Joelle Stublarec won in straight sets. In doubles, No. 1 Carolyn Callahan-Chantelle Gimenez, No. 2 Samantha Barmore-Gianna Wadowski, and No. 3 Emma Wojcicki-Kate Hardy won in straight sets as well. Barmore-Wadowski and Wojcicki-Hardy did not drop a game.
The Knights suffered their second loss of the season in their first divisional match a few days later after being swept, 7-0, at Glastonbury. The Knights were swept in doubles with taking a game.
In singles, No. 1 Abby Murphy, No. 2 Molly Murphy, No. 3 Wadowski, and No. 4 Jill Watson fell in straight sets. In doubles, No. 1 Tommervik-Gimenez, No. 2 Wojcicki-Hardy, and No. 3 Madison Beaudoin-Isa Miani fell in straight sets as well.
Thompson said that the team was down three starters entering the match.
“We had to make a number of adjustments, but I was very happy with the fact that we went out there and did the best we could with the skills we had to compete,” said Thompson. “The girls didn’t go in with their tails between their legs. They went out there and competed as best as they could. They stepped up and represented the team well.”
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