Girls Tennis Suffers First Loss of Season

The Andover’s Girls Varsity Tennis team suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday, falling victim to a overwhelming Hotchkiss team at Deerfield, 4-11. As Elizabeth Kelly ’11 put it, “it [was] a good wake up call early in the season to get our focus back where it should be.” Andover players considered this lost match to be a particularly big wake up call considering that the team had only lost one match in the past 3 years. Hotchkiss came out flying, focused, and eager to beat the usually dominant Andover team. Despite even play throughout the singles matches, Andover fell behind during doubles. Hotchkiss managed to completely overwhelm Andover, which dropped all four of its doubles match-ups. Captain Lauren Wilmarth ’09, Greta Rossi ’09, and Eliza Flynn ’10 all split sets, losing the second set. Wilmarth’s score was 6-2 and 4-6, and Flynn lost the tiebreaker in her second set after defeating her opponent, 6-3, in her opening set. Flynn’s effort was all the most impressive because she had been battling through an injury all week. Stacia Vladimirova ’11 lost her singles match to a tough Hotchkiss opponent. However, she and Fay Feghali ’12 played an excellent doubles match. Although they struggled a bit during the first half of their match and actually ended up losing it, they had an amazing comeback by the match’s end. Even though Carolyn Brown ’09, an essential asset to the team, is out for the season due to an injury, she still plays an active role on the team. She is very eager to see how the girls will come together by the end of the year, and is sure that Andover will give Hotchkiss a run for their money at New England championships at the end of the season. Andover plays Nobles this Friday and then Choate on Saturday. Both Choate and Nobles have a record of 1-1 so far this season. Although Andover’s dream of being undefeated this season has vanished, its loss this week has given them more incentive to focus and fight together.