There’s real no fascinating storyline surrounding Emily Migliorini. It’s just been a tale of steady, unwavering success for her.
Migliorini has been North Haven’s No. 1 singles player for three straight years. She played in the No. 2 spot behind her sister, Alyssa, as a freshman. She finished her high school career with an impressive 79-12 mark and earned her second straight Register Area MVP award and SCC Division I Player of the Year honor.
“She’s been our rock, the cornerstone of our lineup,” said her father, Bob, also North Haven’s coach. “She played great from her freshmen through her senior year and continued to improve and get stronger.”
Migliorini put the finishing touches on her consistent success with an undefeated regular season (keep in mind the victories came against tough competition in a strong Southern Connecticut Conference) and a second trip the third round of the State Open.
She said she focused more on conditioning in the offseason. That was critical. She grew a couple of inches (Migliorini now stands 5 feet, 8 inches) and developed some added strength. She was striking the ball harder this season and her ground strokes had more top spin. Add to that, her ability to not make many errors and keep the ball in play made her a difficult matchup for the opposition.
“It’s so unreal it’s over,” she said. “It’s been a good run. It’s a good feeling knowing I had success during my four years.”
Up next, Migliorini is headed to play at Connecticut College. She will likely make an immediate impact for the Camels, who play in the NESCAC, one of the strongest tennis leagues in Division III athletics.
Her father says she hasn’t reached her full potential yet. There’s still plenty of room for growth. With her size, she should be able to develop a very effective serve, he added.
Now that she’s not playing soccer (Migliorini captained the Indians girls’ soccer team), she has more time to focus on tennis and help the process.
“I’m pleased to have her join our squad next year,” Conn coach Chris O’Brien said. “Having Emily play two sports competitively throughout her high school career is the type of athlete that I love to see. From what I’ve seen, she is a very tenacious player which is an excellent characteristic for a college athlete.”