The Greenwich High School girls tennis team continued its successful season with a win in the FCIAC tournament on Thursday.
Winning all of the four singles matches and two of the three doubles matchups, the third-seeded Cardinals registered a 6-1 victory over visiting Fairfield Ludlowe in the FCIAC quarterfinals.
The Cardinals play in the FCIAC semifinals Monday against an opponent yet to be determined. Junior Martine Fierro won her match at first singles for Greenwich, notching a 6-2, 6-2 win against Sam Keane. Sophomore Melanie Leguizamon was victorious at second singles for the Cardinals, posting a 6-2, 6-0 win over Ludlowe’s Xenia Efimov. Fourth singles saw junior Christina Gianesello register a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Ludlowe’s Katie Coolidge.
In one of the most competitive matches of the day, senior co-captain Tess Lamhaouar of Greenwich edged Ludlowe’s McKenna Carroll, 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 at No. 3 singles.
“We had some great matches out there today,” GHS coach Betsy Underhill said. “Martine and Melanie have such strong driving games and Christina is the steady, eddie player, who keeps fighting and wearing down opponents physically and mentally.”
Senior Melanie Murphy and Amy Bickham won in straight sets at second doubles against, 6-3, 6-3, while Hannah Viney/Abby Shropshire took a 6-4, 6-1 decision at third doubles for the Cardinals.
“With Amy’s wicked backhand being consistent and deep and Melanie’s steady placement of deep, baseline shots, the combination proved to be unstoppable,” Underhill said of her second doubles squad.
“Hannah and Abby settled in to their driving games of power and placement to roll through the first set. In the second set, they had now found their pace and proceeded to finish the match 6-1 in the second set.”
At first doubles, Ludlowe took a 6-1, 6-4 decision against senior Hannah Crasto and sophomore Kendall Schrohe.
”All in all, there were some great quarterfinal matches to start the FCIAC Tournament,” Underhill said.