Greenwich High

Greenwich tennis team finishes regular season with a 16-0 record; Cardinals are seeded first in the FCIAC Tournament

Photo by Lulu Diez de Bonilla: Members of the Greenwich High School girls tennis team gather with coach Julie Shropshire after completing an undefeated regular season with a road victory against Stamford.

Greenwich High School’s girls tennis team’s season began a little more than a month ago with a 7-0 win over Weston and concluded Thursday with a victory against Stamford by the same score. Those 7-0 victories, were indeed, the norm for the Cardinals this season.

Winning 10 matches by a 7-0 count, Greenwich finished the regular season with a perfect 16-0 record, earning the No. 1 seed in the FCIAC Girls Tennis Tournament. The tournament commences on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and No. 1-seeded Greenwich will host eighth-seeded Westhill in the tourney’s quarterfinal-round.

Photo courtesy of Lulu Diez de Bonilla: Ivanna Diez de Bonilla of Greenwich gets ready to return a shot during a match against Stamford on May 11, 2023, in Stamford.

“It’s been an incredible season and the match at Stamford was a perfect ending,” Greenwich coach Julie Shropshire said. “I am incredibly proud of the girls. There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes work on creating a championship culture. The expectations were set high at the beginning of the season and the girls rose to the challenge.”

Besides winning 10 of their 16 matches, 7-0, the Cardinals won three other matches by a 6-1 margin during their dominant 2023 campaign.

In Thursday’s regular-season finale, Greenwich flourished in both singles and doubles competition. Senior Ivanna Diez de Bonilla was victorious at No. 1 singles for the Cardinals, continuing her unbeaten season with a well-earned 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over Stamford’s Sophia Rhazali.

Photo by Lulu Diez de Bonilla: Greenwich posted a 7-0 win vs. Stamford in tennis action.

“Ivanna, who had a perfect 15-0 record at the second singles spot, defeated a strong recruited athlete in three sets at the No. 1 spot,” Shropshire said. “She finishes the season with a 16-0 record.”

Diez de Bonilla has been a mainstay in the Cardinals’ single lineup for several seasons.

“It was very motivating to close the season with a challenging match,” Diez de Bonilla said. “I am incredibly proud of my teammates’ performances this season and I am looking forward to the postseason.”

Photo by Lulu Diez de Bonilla: Malena Schraa of Greenwich hits a backhand against Stamford.

Freshman Shining Sun got the start at second singles for GHS against Stamford and promptly posted a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Sun has shown her versatility throughout the season.

“Being on the Greenwich tennis team has really been fun,” Sun said. “Playing both doubles and singles was very beneficial, since I could work on different aspects on tennis like volleys for doubles and ground strokes for singles. But no matter which position I played, I was happy I could contribute to the success of the team.”

At No. 3 singles, junior Lilly Foley won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Melana Schraa, also a junior, also won her match at No. 4 for the Cards, 6-0, 6-0.

Photo courtesy of Lulu Diez de Bonilla: The Cardinals’ girls tennis team went 16-0 this spring.

Senior Julia Tamis and junior Emily Weinstein added another win to their record No. 1 doubles for GHS, defeating Ava Lesser/Liz Brown, 6-0, retired. Sophomore Yume Inagawa and freshman Caitlin Mahoney teamed up for a 6-0, 6-2 win at second doubles, extending their winning streak.

“Yume Inagawa and Caitlin Mahoney had a stellar year, finishing 16-0 playing in the second doubles spot,” Shropshire noted.

At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Emme Pecorin and freshman Maddy Wilber registered a 6-0, 6-0 win. Greenwich and Amity are the only teams in Class LL that are undefeated. Amity also has a record of 16-0. Both squads are atop the rankings in Class LL.

Photo by Lulu Diez de Bonilla: Greenwich will play in the FCIAC quarterfinals on Tuesday.

If Greenwich defeats Westhill on Tuesday, it will host the semifinal-round on Thursday.

“Although I’m aware that we have some tough matches ahead, I know that we have everything we need to perform well and continue the streak,” Diez de Bonilla said.

Photo by Lulu Diez de Bonilla: Greenwich has, indeed, showed its strength in both singles and doubles play this season.

Said Shropshire: “It’s been a really long time since the team has been undefeated. We have been process driven, which is being as prepared as possible for every match and to put the team first. At the end of the season, I want everyone to be proud of how they did and the work they put in.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s