Glastonbury High School girls' tennis team aiming for top

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., May. 20, 2013
Junior doubles player Caitlin Pierpoint returns a serve in Glastonbury's match against Cheshire on May 14. Photos by Steve Smith.
Junior doubles player Caitlin Pierpoint returns a serve in Glastonbury's match against Cheshire on May 14. Photos by Steve Smith.

Glastonbury High School's girls' tennis team is poised to do well at the Class L open at the end of the season, despite a recent stint on the DL by junior Katherine DeNucci, who has been the team's number-one starter for three years.

Coach Sharon Murphy said that while DeNucci was expected back by May 17, the rest of the team has had to step up. Taking on the number-one role has been senior Lindsay Madnick, who has performed great, winning her matches over the past two weeks.

“She's a good, solid singles player,” Murphy said, adding that Madnick took the state title in doubles last year, with her sister Samantha. “She's going to play tennis for Colgate next year, so this is going to help her confidence – having to step up and play at number one.”

Second starter, freshman Morgan Risinger, has also been solid. “She doesn't show a lot of emotion on the court, but I think that helps her game,” Murphy said. “I think that helps her psych out her opponents.”

Current third/fourth starter is Alyssa Nardi, who played second last year, is one who can be “always counted on for a win,” the coach said.

Leading the doubles group is the team of senior Bridget Dombrowski and junior Caitlin Pierpoint, who have been undefeated this season.

“I think we're pretty strong overall,” Murphy said, adding that the one team loss (to Amity on April 11) came when several players were away.

The future looks bright, with a younger DeNucci sister expected to join the team next year (and another the year after) and others from feeder programs. “I'm sure there are a couple of other players out there that I don't know about,” Murphy said. “We're going to be strong for a while.”

The team is currently ranked fourth in Class L, but Murphy said that may be a function of having played fewer total matches, thus far, than the top three teams. She expects that Glastonbury will likely be ranked second going into the state matches.

“I hope we come out on top there,” she said.

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