Girls Tennis Takes First 2 Matches of the Season; Impressive Play in Top Spots Sets Tone for Season

Because of the strong play of Elena Jacobson ’08, Lauren Wilmarth ’09 and Eliza Flynn ’10 in the one, two and three spots, respectively, the Andover Girls Varsity Tennis team started off its season with a win against Nobles and Greenough. It was an impressive start to the season, and hopefully the first of many wins. Coach Martha Grant said, “It was a great start for us, particularly since we’d had less than a week to prepare.” The team’s depth is certainly one of its strongest advantages. Returning players Jacobson and Wilmarth are playing positions one and two, respectively, followed by the incoming Junior talent in Flynn. Captain Julia Watson ’07 is playing fourth after returning from SYA. Jacobsen won her first two sets 6-2 and 6-0, Wilmarth beat her opponent 6-3 and 6-4, while Flynn forcefully took her opponent 6-0 and 6-2. Arianna Van Sluytman ’08 convincingly swept her opponent at number five, winning 6-0, 6-0. Archie Rajender ’07 earned a point for her team playing number six singles by winning two out of three of her sets 6-4, 6-7, and (2-7). Captain Watson lost two out of three of her sets in singles, although she played an impressive game during her doubles match. Captain Watson and Wilmarth were the number one team for doubles, and triumphed over their opponents with an 8-1 win. Jacobson and Flynn also had a remarkable win by acing their opponents 8-0. The number three doubles spot was played by two newcomers to the team, Carolyn Brown ’09 and Tori Wilmarth ’09. Brown and Wilmarth had a wonderful match and, as Coach Grant said, “They cruised to an easy win,” defeating their opponents 8-2. Van Sluytman and a new Upper, Rachel Blake, were also victorious, playing number four doubles and winning their match 8-3. On Wednesday, the girls had another exciting win against BB&N. Originally, the game was supposed to be at home, but due to the snow, the team decided to play at BB&N’s indoor courts. Andover defeated BB&N 8-2, and Lauren Wilmarth commented, “I was glad that we played so well.” Unfortunately, the matches took longer than expected and Andover had to get back to campus, so not all of the matches were finished. Girls Tennis learned a lot about their team’s ability from these first two matches and are anxiously awaiting many more victorious games. Coach Grant said that she anticipated a successful season this year. Andover faces its next opponent, Groton, next Friday at home. Saturday, the girls have an away game versus Deerfield and then scrimmage against AHS next Monday.