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Girls’ tennis closes season hindered by difficult weather

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Sophomore Sejal Vallabh warms up before a game Wednesday, May 25 at home against Wellesley.

by Gloria Li
Despite adverse weather throughout the season that impeded productivity during practices, junior Emily Chan, a captain with senior Emily Kelly, said she believes that everyone on girls’ tennis, 7-8, put forth commendable effort at each game.
May 25 against Wellesley, the Tigers lost 5-0 to a tough team.
“Although we fell short of our goal this season, to make tournament, I’m still proud of the team for putting in their best effort,” coach John Gaustchi said.
At Needham, May 14, the Tigers also suffered a 5-0 defeat.
At Wellesley, however, May 24, the Tigers played a match that was cut short due to time constraints against Natick, winning 3-1.
The girls also claimed a 4-0 victory when the match at home against Dedham was cut short due to rain May 23.
May 20, against Needham at home, the girls were defeated 4-1.
Chan said, “Even though the rain caused a lot of our matches to get cancelled or postponed, our spirit was not brought down by that fact.”
May 16, when the Tigers were supposed to have played against Wellesley, a downpour commenced.
“It was heart wrenching though, to see our one night match of the season get cancelled,” she said.
At Hingham in the MIAA State Individual Tournament May 14 and May 15, the girls put forth a strong effort, Chan said.
She lost in the third set after a tiebreaker in the first round of first singles.
Kelly, along with sophomores Sejal Vallabh and Tatiana Yugay, won against their first round opponents but were defeated in the second round, she said.
Junior Katie Regan lost in the first round, according to Chan.
At Brookline, May 13, the Tigers lost 4-1 against the Warriors.
“Even though we lost, everyone tried really hard there, and three or four matches went up to the third set,” Chan said.

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