EGHS girls’ tennis team advances to state tournament
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
East Granby - posted Thu., May. 24, 2012
“This team, losing eight out of 10 starters in 2011, had no business even thinking about making the state tourney, yet somehow, they did it,” East Granby High School girls’ tennis coach Tim Doherty said about the team’s surprise-filled season.
“We were down 3-0 to Windsor Locks [May 17] with our backs against the wall,” Doherty said, as he recapped a recent match. “We came through, winning the last four matches, and our three doubles teams came from behind for the win and to garner us a state tourney berth.”
Following a tremendous 17-5 season in 2011, Doherty’s primary goal for the 16-member team in 2012 was to enlist the talents of the few returning players as assistant coaches and role models, on and off the courts, for the large number of new players.
“Our number-one singles player and captain, senior Brianna Raymes, has a 12-6 record and qualified for the state individual open in the final match,” Doherty said about one of the Crusaders’ stand-out players. “Our number-two singles, junior Alana Bouchard was 7-7; number-three singles, sophomore Eileen Dempsey, was 10-7; and number-four singles, sophomore Ashley Bakes, was 10-7,” the coach said.
On the doubles side, an all-sophomore lineup proved to be critical in East Granby’s strong finish. The number-one team, Olivia Sele and Jena MarcAuerele, finished at 6-5; the number-two team, Cara Zagaja and Sam Berger, came in at 7-6; and the number-three team, Sam Daleb and Delia Nolan, locked up the Crusaders’ trip to the tournament, coming from behind in a three-set win over Windsor Locks, and finishing their regular season at 5-9.
With tournament brackets yet to be determined, Doherty is optimistic the Crusaders’ 9-9 season will extend well into the post-season. Full CIAC tournament information can be found at www.casciac.org.