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Avon girls prevail in close race for NCCC Tournament title

Tennis graphicSUFFIELD, May 29 – The Avon High girls tennis team reclaimed the NCCC championship this spring, going 17-1 in the league finishing one game ahead of Suffield, which finished 16-2.

The Wildcats made the race for the league championship a competitive one with a 4-3 win over Avon in mid-May. But the Falcons (17-2, 17-1 NCCC) won their remaining two league matches against Granby and Windsor Locks to bring home the pennant.

It wasn’t easy at the NCCC Tournament, either. Avon’s No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams had to beat their respective Suffield opponents to enable the Falcons to win the NCCC Tournament championship for the third consecutive year with a one-point victory, 21-20. 

At No. 2 doubles, Avon’s Sarah Chow and Tait Becker beat Suffield’s Ashley Prince and Holly Vynar. It was even closer at the No. 3 doubles but Avon’s Shayna Aronson and Shan Morel outlasted Suffield’s Apurva Gangked and Michaela Bouchard, 6-4, 6-4 to help the Falcons win the tournament.

Avon also won two titles in singles. Hannah Dahlem didn’t lose a game in winning the No. 1 singles title with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Kristine Goulin of Ellington/Somers. Avon’s Pam Fetzer won the No. 2 singles title for the second straight year with a convincing 6-0, 6-0 win over Maria Porcello of Suffield.

Avon opens play in the Class M tournament on Monday when they host the winner of the Woodstock Academy and RHAM match at Avon Middle School at 3 p.m. A win by Avon in match will advance them to the quarterfinals.

2014 NCCC girls tennis
At Suffield
Team results – 1. Avon 21, 2. Suffield 20, 3. Ellington/Somers 16, 4. East Granby 12, 5. Granby 10, 6. (tie) Coventry and Windsor Locks 8, 8. Bolton 5, 9. Canton 3, 10. Enfield 2
Singles finals
No. 1: Hannah Dahlem, Avon def. Kristine Goulin, Ellington/Somers, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2: Pam Fetzer, Avon def. Maria Porcello, Suffield, 6-0, 6-0
No. 3: Sarah Fall, Suffield def. Paula Aksenoff, East Granby, 6-1, 6-3
No. 4: Jillian Jenkins, Suffield de. Goose McGloin, Windsor Locks 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

Doubles finals
No. 1: Maddie Dixon/Alanna Bergman, Granby def. Courtney Binkowski/Ashley Thomas, Ellington/Somers, 6-2, 7-6 (7)
No. 2: Sarah Chow/Tait Becker, Avon def. Ashley Prince/Holly Vynar, Suffield, 6-3, 6-2
No. 3: Shayna Aronson/Shan Morel, Avon def. Apurva Gangked/Michela Bouchard, Suffield, 6-4, 6-4

Final league standings: Avon 17-2, 17-1 NCCC, Suffield 17-2, 16-2 NCCC, Ellington/Somers 15-3, 15-3, East Granby 12-6, 12-6, Granby 9-9, 9-9, Coventry 8-10, 8-10, Windsor Locks 7-11, 7-11, Bolton 4-14, 4-14, Canton 1-17, 1-17; Enfield 1-17, 1-17

 

 

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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