Tennis players gain valuable experience at NVL singles and doubles tournaments

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BY KEN MORSE
NEW CITIZENS
The Naugatuck girls entered two players into the NVL singles tournament while a pair of Woodland doubles teams reached the semi-finals of their championship.
“I don’t know, maybe this is the first time we’ve had four All-NVL players in one season,” Woodland coach Jessica DeGennaro said. “Seniors Brooke Reilly and Meghan Ruhl, along with juniors Audrey Fencil and Rylie Montini, reached the doubles semi-finals and made the All-NVL team. It’s quite an achievement for Woodland tennis.
Shravani Daptardar and Mia Grella represented the Greyhounds in singles, with Bella Mastropietro and Yasmeen Galal being the two Hawks singles players taking on the best in NVL.
Mastropietro and Galal went 1-1 in the tournament. Daptardar won two matches and then faced teammate Grella in the quarter-finals. Grella qualified for the semi-finals before being knocked down, 6-3, 6-4, by Michaela Bell of Holy Cross.
The singles champion was Wolcott’s Reese Yost, who defeated Bell in the championship match, 6-4, 6-3, on May 24 to remain undefeated for the second consecutive year.
The Naugatuck doubles team of Alena Rotatori and Ava DeFilippo were upset in the second round, as was the tandem of Tiffany Nguyen and Camryn Smith.
Woodland, which reached the semifinals of the tag team tournament, had two doubles teams that reached the semifinals of this tournament.
“As a team and earning the No. 4 NVL Tournament seed has exceeded our expectations, with such a young team,” DeGennaro said. “We played Holy Cross very well in the semi-finals and I think that helped build a bit of a foundation on which we can continue to grow next season.”
Both of Woodland’s doubles teams went 3-0 en route to the semifinals. Fencil and Reilly lost a tough match, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, to the Watertown duo of Meghan Hughes and Maggie Dassatti.
In the other semi-final, Ruhl and Montini trailed, 6-2, 6-4, against the Holy Cross pair of Jayme Erdtmann and Rachel Honegger. In the championship match, Hughes and Dassatti defeated defending champions Erdtmann and Honegger, 7-5, 6-4, on May 24.
“I think this season has proven to be a real confidence booster for a lot of these girls,” DeGennaro added. “Holy Cross have won the NVL Championship and we have played them well both times we have faced them this season. We only graduated two players, Brooke Reilly and Meghan Ruhl, so we have a lot of players coming back and gaining experience, especially in the tournament. That should be a motivating factor for wanting to come back here next season.

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