High School Roundup GHS girls tennis tops McMahon
Showcasing its singles and doubles depth, the Greenwich High School girls tennis team began its 2019 season in fine form, registering a 7-0 win over visiting Brien McMahon in an FCIAC match held on Monday.
The Cardinals return to their home court on Tuesday, when FCIAC rival New Canaan comes to town.
Sophomore Nathalie Williams got the start at first singles for the Cardinals on Monday in the absense of Martine Fierro (who was out sick) and posted a 6-0, 6-0 win against Anni Benjamin.
Converting a break point in the opening set with a well-placed forehand, Williams took a 3-0 advantage.
“It was a good match, I was a little nervous coming in, because Martine was sick and I was preparing to play second singles, but the match went well,” said Williams, who is beginning her first season on the squad. “She had a great serve, but I came prepared and was ready for the match.”
Senior co-captain Christina Gianesello moved up to the No. 2 singles spot and was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Paula Davila.
“The wind was tough today, but once you are playing in it for a while, you know how to cope with it and move around it,” Gianesello said. “I’m really excited about our New Canaan match tomorrow (Tuesday). They are always good, so it should be an exciting match.”
Junior Kendall Schrohe defeated McMahon’s Claire Houck at third singles, 6-1, 6-0, while freshman Ellie Viney notched a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 4 spot.
In doubles play, Amy Bickman and Yui Inagawa were victorious at No. 1 for GHS, 6-2, 6-0. At the second position, Hannah Viney and Abby Shrophshire were in top form in recording a 6-2, 6-0 win. Third doubles saw Catherine Daye and Rachel Karetsky win their match for Greenwich, 6-0, 6-0.
“Our team is really good, singles-wise and doubles-wise,” Schrohe said. “A lot of my serves were flying out today, the wind was tough. But overall, it was a good first match.”
GREENWICH ACADEMY WATER POLO
The Greenwich Academy water polo team opened its season with a pair of victories on Saturday, defeating Williston Northampton and Phillips Andover Academy at Williston Northampton School.
GA edged Williston Northampton, 11-10 and defeated Andover, 18-3. In their tight win against Williston, Kayla Yelensky and Kaitlin Ganshaw scored three and four goals, respectively to pace the Gators.
Allie Spaulding tallied twice and Else Esmond made six saves in goal for Greenwich Academy.
In GA’s convincing victory against Andover, Ganshaw scored six times, while Yelensky had five goals and an eye-opening 11 assists. Spaulding had three goals, while Annabel Stiekel and Lily Sorenson each tallied twice for the victors. Esmond made five saves in the winning effort.
GREENWICH HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS WATER POLO
Greenwich outlasted Greenwich Aquatics, 17-12, in a back-and-forth matchup that was decided in overtime on Thursday. The score was tied at 12-12 at the end of regulation, then the Cardinals outscored Greenwich Aquatics, 4-1, in overtime.
Junior Kaila Carroll sparked the Cardinals offensively, scoring a game-high 10 goals.
“The team worked very hard for this victory against Aquatics,” GHS coach Paul Constantin said. “They were very determined to go for the win. Because of our determination, we managed to tie it up in the last minute of regular time, bringing us into extra time, where we played two quarters of three minutes.”
Constantin credited sophomore Jenna Handali for helping to lead the team in the field and in goal and freshman Bella Schraa for drawing power plays.