GIRLS TENNIS Cardinals FCIAC quarterfinal match suspended due to rain tied at 2-2
GREENWICH — To be continued.
That’s the status of the FCIAC Girls Tennis Tournament quarterfinal round match between fourth-seeded Greenwich and No. 5 New Canaan, thanks to Mother Nature.
What began as drizzle became a steady rainfall, causing Tuesday’s match between the rival Rams and Cardinals to be suspended with the matchup tied at 2-2 and three matches remaining.
Greenwich (12-4) posted victories at first and second singles, while New Canaan (12-4) won at fourth singles and third doubles. The match will be completed on Wednesday afternoon at Greenwich High School, with the winner advancing to Thursday’s FCIAC semifinals.
The No. 2 singles match between Greenwich sophomore Nathalie Williams and New Canaan sophomore Valentina Zamora was the first match that was completed on Tuesday. Williams continued her standout season going, registering a 6-0 6-0 win.
“I had a good warm-up and was feeling pretty positive,” Williams said. “Things just went my way.”
Williams is in her first season as a member of the Cardinals.
“At my old school, we never had a playoff or anything, so this is very unique to me and a lot of fun,” Williams said.
The No. 1 singles match featuring Cardinals senior Martine Fierro and Rams senior Caroline Mayock concluded next. Using her strong groundstrokes and effective serve, Fierro won key points throughout the match on her way to notching a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
“We played them earlier in the season and I feel like we definitely had a better match this time,” Fierro said. “This might be our last home match, so it’s pretty sad. “Being a part of this team has been an amazing experience. I came to the team as an individual player and I really feel like four years later, I am much more of a team player.”
New Canaan sophomore Jordyn Lee was victorious against GHS junior Kendall Schrohe at fourth singles, 6-1, 6-0.
“In the first set, we were both kind of hitting it hard and it was pretty competitive,” Lee said. “I guess we both started to get worn down, but we still played consistent throughout the match. Our team is having a great season and it’s been a really fun experience. Playing in this tournament is always an exciting atmosphere.”
The Rams’ No. 3 doubles team of senior Grace Ruksznis and sophomore Natalie Thompson were 7-5, 6-0 victors against Greenwich’s Rachel Karetsky and Catherine Daye.
In singles competition, the No. 3 singles match between Greenwich’s Christina Gianesello and New Canaan’s Imogen Smith has to be completed on Wednesday. At first doubles, Yui Inagawa/Amy Bickham of GHS have to finish their matchup against Jenny Loomis/Chloe Sigg. Abby Shropshire and Hannah Viney of the Cardinals also have to conclude their match against Sophie Gardner/Charlotte Sigg on Wednesday.