The conclusion of the conference tournaments means the state competition in each boys and girls tennis class will soon commence.
The CIAC Class LL boys tennis tournament is scheduled to get underway on Friday at William H. Hall High School in West Hartford at 8:30 a.m. Action continues Saturday at Hall through the Round of 16. Following a two-day break, the Class LL competition continues Tuesday at Amity Regional High School, where the quarterfinals will take place, beginning at 4 p.m.
The singles and doubles semifinals are slated to be held at Wesleyan University on Wednesday at 4 p.m., with the championship matches also taking place at Wesleyan on Thursday at 4. Boys Class L competition starts Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the East Hartford Racquet Club, continues Saturday at Wilton High School (9 a.m.), then picks up again on Tuesday with the quarterfinals at Wesleyan. The semifinals and finals will also be played at Wesleyan on Wednesday and Thursday at 4 p.m.
In Class M, the tournament starts Friday at Bristol Eastern Page Park at 8:30 a.m. and continues through the Round of 16 on Saturday. From Tuesday-Thursday, the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be competed at Wesleyan. Conard High School will host the Class S Tournament through the quarterfinals on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday. Wesleyan will also host the Class S semifinals and championship matches.
For the boys tournaments, each team sends singles and doubles players into the tourney and they compete individually (and as doubles teams) for points for their respective squads. Staples has won the Class LL doubles championship the past three seasons, while Greenwich shared the title with the Wreckers in 2016.
Daniel Hand won the Class L championship in 2018, Weston claimed the Class M title and Litchfield was the Class S winner.
On the girls’ side, the tournaments like the regular season and conference tournaments, feature a team-vs.-team format. The Class L, M and S Tournaments begin Friday with tournament qualifying matches and the first round is scheduled to be held on Saturday at the higher-seeded teams. Quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled to take place May 28 and 29, respectively, at the higher seeds, with the finals slated for May 30. A destination for the finals hasn’t been announced, but they have been played at Yale in New Haven in the past.
Staples, Joel Barlow and Weston are the defending Class L, M and S champions, respectively. The brackets for the state boys tournaments will be released on Thursday, according to the CIAC. The girls tournament brackets will be announced on Friday.
Alyssa DiMaio, Staples: The Wreckers’ No. 1 singles player posted a 6-0, 6-0 win in the team’s FCIAC Tournament quarterfinal against New Canaan. Two-time defending champion Staples won the match, 4-1.
Amelia Galin, Staples: Galin’s 6-3, 6-2 win at second singles clinched the Wreckers’ 4-0 victory against Wilton in the championship match of the FCIAC Tournament.
Ryan Glanville, Brunswick School: At the NEPSAC Class A final, Glanville was victorious at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-0. Then he teamed up with Aidan Reilly and the duo won their No. 1 doubles match, 9-8 (7-4). The Bruins won the NEPSAC Class A title with their win against Groton (Mass.) School.
Brett Gloria, Amity: In a hard-fought match, Gloria edged Fairfield Prep’s Nash Lovallo, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 at first singles in the SCC Tournament semifinals.
Noah Gulla, Daniel Hand: Gulla continued his impressive season at second singles for the Tigers, defeating his foe from North Haven, 6-0, 6-0 in the SCC Tournament quarterfinals.
Noah Horton/Erik Mastalerz, Guilford: Guilford’s No. 1 doubles team registered a tough 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 victory against Xavier in the SCC Tournament quarterfinals.
Josh Israel, Daniel Hand: Israel edged Amity’s Brett Gloria, 6-1, 6-7, 12-10 in a match involving two of the better No. 1 singles players in the conference. He also posted a 6-0, 6-0 win against North Haven in the SCC Tournament quarterfinals.
Jordyn Lee, New Canaan: Lee recorded a 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 triumph at third singles for the Rams in their FCIAC quarterfinal against Staples.
Michael Karr, Darien: Karr kept his highly successful season at first singles for the Blue Wave going, earning a 6-2, 6-3 win in the team’s FCIAC Tournament quarterfinal round match against New Canaan. Darien won, 4-1. He won his No. 1 singles match against Staples in the team’s 4-2 victory.
Evan Lee, Brunswick: Lee’s 6-3, 6-0 win at fourth singles clinched Brunswick’s triumph against Groton School in the championship match of the NEPSAC Class A Tournament. Also competing in doubles play during the title match, Lee and partner Ben Powis notched an 8-1 win at the No. 1 spot.
Kelsey Mann/Jenny Wang, Cheshire: The Rams’ No. 1 doubles team were in top form in tallying a 6-0, 6-2 win against North Haven in the SCC quarterfinals. Cheshire edged North Haven, 4-3. Prior to the tournament, the duo produced a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 10-8 comeback win against Amity.
Julia Migliorini, North Haven: North Haven’s No. 1 singles player notched another straight-set victory, winning her match against Cheshire, 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinal-round of the SCC Tournament.
Sam Riordan, Daniel Hand: Riordan was a 6-0, 6-0 winner in her matchup against Foran in the SCC Tournament quarterfinals, then won her match against Lauralton Hall, 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinal round at first singles.
Lindsay Riordan, Daniel Hand: At the SCC semifinals, Riordan was perfect, winning her match at second singles against Lauralton Hall, 6-0, 6-0. In the quarterfinal round, she was a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Foran.
Hayden Witmer, Greenwich: Normally a doubles player, Witmer successful stepped into a singles role for the Cardinals in their FCIAC quarterfinal round match against Ridgefield. He came back to win his match at second singles, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.