The regular season ended the same way it started for the Greenwich High School girls tennis team – with a 7-0 win.
The Cardinals, who swept Brien McMahon in their season-opener back on April 11, posted a 7-0 victory over visiting Stamford a month later on Thursday in their regular season finale.
With their Senior Day triumph, Greenwich capped its regular season with a record of 10-5 and finished in sixth place in the FCIAC. That sixth-place finish earned the Cardinals the No. 6 seed in the upcoming FCIAC Tournament. The Cardinals will visit third-seeded Fairfield Ludlowe in the quarterfinal-round of the FCIAC Tournament on Monday.
On Senior Day Thursday, GHS paid tribute to their seniors Kylie Finkelstein and Courteney Sheets, both of whom served as team captains.
“Being on the team has been one of the most memorable parts of my high school career,” said Sheets, a two-season captain. “For a sport like tennis which is usually individual, getting to compete in a team setting, with everyone supporting each other, has been so much fun and I am definitely going to miss it.”
At No. 1 singles, Greenwich junior Ivanna Diez de Bonilla was in top form in registering a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Stamford freshman Allison Benavides. Ivanna reflected on her time on the team with Sheets.
“Courteney is undoubtedly one of the most easygoing people I have ever met,” de Bonilla said. “We are so lucky to have someone who works hard to create a positive environment within our team on and off the court, and someone so dedicated to her leadership position. Without her humor, enthusiasm, and her encouraging nature as a teammate, our team would not be as unified as it is today.”
Second singles saw Cardinals junior Kyra Dybas post a 6-0, 6-0 win against Maria Riveira. In the No. 3 singles match, Finkelstein won in three sets against Stamford senior Lenora Lipson, 5-7, 6-1, 6-0.
“Todays match was great,” Finkelstein said. “It was a great way to end the regular season. My match was a little difficult but I didn’t give up and ended up winning. I love everyone on this team and am very hopeful for our upcoming matches.”
Jacqui Weinberg (No. 4) was off the court quickly, registering a 6-1, 6-0 win in her matchup.
In doubles action, Sheets and junior Julia Tamis combined for another impressive victory. The duo defeated their Stamford foes at the No. 1 spot, 6-1, 6-3.
“I am going to miss Courteney a lot next year as a doubles partner, captain, and friend,” Tamis said. “She always brings excitement to our matches and maintains high energy, which I can always build off of. Courteney is constantly encouraging and pushing myself and the team to do better. We complement each other’s games and can set each other up really well, especially with her impressive net game. Courteney is an asset to the team and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to play with her side by side.”
At second doubles, freshmen Yume Inagawa and Emme Pecorin were victorious once again, winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Junior Mei McGuinness and junior Valentina Rivano also continued their successful season at third doubles for the Cards, taking their match, 6-1, 6-0.
Rivano spoke of Finkelstein’s three-set victory at third singles.
“Kylie is an amazing player and captain, always fighting until the last moment, and her match today really proved it,” Rivano said. “She had a moment of doubt, which is common in high on stress sports like tennis, but she pulled through in the end. I’m glad we got closer throughout the season, and I’m sure she’s off to amazing things.”
Said Cardinals sophomore singles player Lilly Foley: “Both Kylie and Courteney have been so welcoming and supportive and have worked so hard to make everyone feel included. They’ve done an amazing job of bringing the team together. I am going to miss them so much and I don’t think we could have asked for better team captains this season.”