Girls Tennis Cruises Past Thayer 6-3

This past Wednesday, the Andover Girls Tennis team traveled up to Weymouth to play indoors at Thayer Academy, where the team easily rolled over its opponents 6-3. With this win over Thayer, the Big Blue snapped its three-game losing skid and got back on track with the NEPSAC tournament fast approaching. After two cancelled matches, the girls came back strong with some superb doubles play to finish off the Thayer team. In the singles matches, Lauren Wilmarth ’09, who played in the number one position, pulled away with a demanding 8-4 victory. Elena Jacobson ’08 easily rolled over her opponent, giving up only a single game and winning 8-1. Arianna van Sluytman ’08 also won a crucial match, 8-5. Overall the girls ended up splitting the six singles matches, and had to come up big in the three doubles matches in order to come away with a win. The one-two punch of Wilmarth and Jacobson was too much for Thayer’s top doubles team to handle, as the two got the team started off with an important 8-4 victory. Lucretia Witte ’06 and Alyssa Hill ’06, the two seniors on the team, also claimed a critical victory 8-4. In the final doubles match, van Sluytman and Archana Rajender ’07 put the icing on the cake, finishing off Thayer with a commanding 8-2 victory. Next week, the Andover squad will look to end a successful season with a bang, with matches against Willington North Hampton and rival Exeter before the NEPSAC tournament beginning May 27th. After suffering a nail-biting loss to Exeter early in the season, the girls will be looking for sweet revenge against the Big Red.