Shepaug girls tennis rides 10-match win streak
WASHINGTON — The Shepaug High School girls tennis team is on a hot streak and looking to continue its fine play as the postseason rapidly approaches.
The Spartans are 10-1 on the season and are riding a 10-match winning streak. Shepaug has been dominant on its victory run and has won its last nine matches by the score of 7-0.
A season-opening loss to undefeated Litchfield is the only blemish on Shepaug’s record this season. Since the 5-1 setback to the Cowgirls, the Spartans have been rolling, including a 7-0 victory at Northwestern Regional on Monday afternoon.
“We started the season a little shaky, with several injuries and a new match format to get used to, but after a very early bump in the road against Litchfield all the girls have put in stellar performances,” Shepaug coach Joanne Kelly said.
Since the Litchfield match, Caroline Kelly, Haley Pesce, Emma Kassis and Kate Klein have been undefeated in singles, dropping only 13 games between them. In doubles, Maddie Gorra and Jackie Doerwald have also put in an undefeated performance and have not given up more than 2 games in any set.
Abby Gorra and Nadia Racz have worked hard together to become a strong second doubles team for the Spartans, and coach Kelly has spread third doubles duty between Alyssa Cicio, Margaret Wolk and Sydell Lecher.
The Spartans were scheduled to travel to Brookfield on Tuesday and Nonnewaug on Thursday before home matches against Lewis Mills on Friday and Wamogo on Saturday morning.
A trip out to Falls Village for a match with Housatonic is set for Monday and a rematch with Litchfield looms on May 18.
“We have six matches to complete between now and the Berkshire League Tournament next Thursday, so our goal is to stay healthy and focused and try to keep our record strong,” Kelly said. “Our rematch with Litchfield got bounced around due to rainouts and is now our last match of the regular season. I guess that is fitting.”
After the match with Litchfield, Shepaug is set to take part in the Berkshire League tournament at Hotchkiss.
“Litchfield will be a fun match to watch and a great warm-up for the tourney the following day,” Kelly said. “I’m hoping to see several of my girls play deep into the tournament and get all-star recognition.
“We are excited for the post season. I really think this team can hang tough with some of the stronger teams in Class S this year and I am looking forward to seeing what they do.”
It is a busy time of the season for the Spartans, but Kelly is not concerned with the fact that the team will close the regular season with a stretch of seven matches in 10 days.
“I am not too concerned about the outcome of any match, but the girls will certainly have to play well and be ready to compete every day if they want to finish with a good record,” Kelly said. “Nonnewaug and Lewis Mills are both teams that can sneak up on us if we are not paying attention.”