Andover Cruises to Shut Out at Groton

Elizabeth Kelly ’11, fought hard for a well-earned victory in the tightest match of last Friday’s tennis meet, propelling Andover to a 15-0 rout of Groton. Kelly rallied a tough competitor at Groton, the score changing nearly as frequently as the ball crossed the net. “Everyone was so excited, especially when she pulled out the win in the end of the second set,” said Katherine Lee ’13. Kelly won, 6-4, 7-6 in two sets for Andover. Co-Captain Eliza Flynn ’10, who usually plays in the number one seed, suffered from a concussion, so Fay Feghali ’12 filled her spot in the meet. With her strong serve particularly effectiive, Feghali won 6-2, 6-1. “It’s always great to have a shutout,” said Feghali. “During the matches, I think everyone played really well and up to their potential.” Later in the meet, Feghali teamed up with Co-Captain Stacia Vladimirova ’11, in their doubles match. Aided by Feghali’s powerful serves, the pair had no problem beating their opponents 8-2. Newcomers Lee and MJ Engel ’13, also crushed their opponents. Playing as the fourth seed, Lee faced a less-experienced Groton player and won 6-0, 6-1. “I just had to work on staying focused on every point, not just the match as a whole,” said Lee. Engel played as the fifth seed at Groton, and snagged a 6-1, 6-0 win in her match. Though Engel said she hopes to work on playing with the wind more, her approach to her sets made her untouchable by her opponent. “I think what I did especially well was moving my opponent around and playing the point aggressively,” she said. Andover will take on Pingree School Saturday. The team looks forward to a promising season with two shutout wins already under its belt.