The 2019 GameTimeCT All-State Girls Tennis Team. Compiled by Dave Fierro. Photos by Hearst Connecticut Media. Designed by Pete Paguaga and Sean Patrick Bowley.
Player of the Year
Playing in her second State Open final in two seasons, the second-seeded DiMaio defeated top-seeded Alexis Kubas of Ellington, 6-3, 6-3, to capture the tournament’s singles title. The victory put the bow on a season in which DiMaio tallied a 24-2 record and was the driving force behind the Wreckers’ championship season. With DiMaio again flourishing at first singles, Staples repeated as FCIAC champions, beating Wilton in the title matchup. DiMaio was 12-1 during the regular season and also finished 12-1 in the postseason.
The Wreckers also added their third Class L title to their collection in four seasons by posting a 5-2 win against Wilton in the finals. DiMaio was 6-0 during the State Open competition and didn’t lose a set.
“One of the great things about her season was that she peaked at the end of the year,” Staples coach Paco Fabian said of DiMaio, who served as the team’s junior captain. “She is someone who really tried to get the team going and motivate them. She can outplay her opponents from the baseline and she can play all different styles of tennis to win. She was disappointed last year after the finals and she used it as motivation this year. Her serve really peaked in the state tournament.”
Honors: DiMaio is a three-time All-FCIAC First Team selection and earned All-State Team recognition in each of her first three seasons on the squad. She played at the No. 1 singles position in each of her first three seasons on the team. The 2018 season saw DiMaio advance to the championship match in the singles bracket of the State Open tournament.
A senior, Bullers capped her career by playing in the Round of 16 at the State Open Championships for the second straight season. She was edged by Alexandra D’Aquino of Weston in three sets in the Round of 16. Bullers, was Amity’s No. 1 singles player, a spot where she won the majority of her matches the past two seasons. She played a significant role in the squad notching a 16-2 regular season record, before it journeyed to the Class L semifinals.
Honors: Having also made the Open semifinals as a part of a doubles team her freshman year, Bullers is a three-time All-State Team performer. She is also a three-time All-SCC Team selection.
Caldwell, a sophomore, was a consistent presence at second singles for the Warriors, who reached the FCIAC and Class L finals. Winning her first two matches at the State Open moved her into the Round of 16, where she lost to fourth-seeded Julia Migliorini of North Haven, 7-6, 6-3. She posted several key wins for Wilton during its run in the Class L Tournament.
Honors: Caldwell is a 2019 All-FCIAC First Team Singles selection and earned All-State honors by advancing to the Round of 16 at the State Open.
D’Aquino, a senior, was victorious in 22 of her 25 matches on the season and once again, paced the Trojans’ lineup from the No. 1 singles position. She advanced to the quarterfinal-round of the State Open for the second straight season, going 3-1 in the tournament. Weston went 14-2 during the regular season with D’Aquino sparking the singles lineup, then went 4-0 in the Class S Tournament to win the title for the fourth consecutive year. D’Aquino won all four of her matches in the Class S Tournament.
Honors: D’Aquino was a First Team All-Conference selection by the SWC. She is a two-time member of the All-State Team.
Up next: Bates College is D’Aquino’s next stop, where she will join the women’s tennis team.
Amelia Galin, Staples: The freshman emerged as one of the Wreckers’ most consistent players in her first season on the squad. She flourished at the second singles position and was instrumental in the team winning the Class L championship. Galin finished her 2019 campaign with a 21-1 mark, including a 15-0 record during the regular season. Seeded eighth, she made an appearance in the State Open’s Round of 16, where she was defeated by Daniel Hand’s Samantha Riordan. She won all four of her matches for Staples in the Class L tourney.
Honors: Galin was an All-FCIAC First Team singles selection and earned All-State honors.
A junior, Koziol excelled at the No. 1 singles position for the Warriors during the regular season and ClAC Class L Tournament. She helped lead Wilton to the championship match of the FCIAC Tournament and finals of the Class L Tournament. As the No. 3 seed at the CIAC State Open Girls Tennis Championships, Koziol advanced to the semifinals, where she lost to eventual champion Alyssa DiMaio of Staples, 6-3, 7-5. Possessing a powerful serve and excellent groundstrokes, Koziol registered a record of 4-1 in the State Open, after winning the majority of her matches during the regular season and Class L Tournament.
Honors: Koziol is a three-time All-FCIAC First Team selection. She has earned a spot on the All-State Team three consecutive seasons.
The senior fashioned a 24-1 record this spring, including a 5-1 mark during the CIAC State Open. A lefty, who hits with a lot of power, Kubas advanced all the way to the championship match of the singles bracket at the girls State Open, where she experienced her lone loss of the season – 6-3, 6-3 defeat against Staples’ Alyssa DiMaio. After winning her first two pro-set matches in the tournament, she was victorious in her Round of 16, quarterfinal and semifinal-round matches in straight sets at the State Open. Playing first singles during the regular season, Kubas helped guide Ellington to a 13-3 record and to a berth in the Class S Tournament.
Honors: Kubas earned spots on the All-State and All-NCCC Teams this spring.
Migliorini produced another standout season on the court at the first singles spot for North Haven. Registering a 74-4 record over her first three seasons on the squad, Migliorini continued to excel at the top singles spot this spring. Following another successful regular season, she helped North Haven earn a berth in the Class M Tournament, then went on a strong run at the State Open. Migliorini went 4-1 at the State Open and made it to the semifinals, where she lost to finalist Alexis Kubas of Ellington. Following two pro-set victories, she won her next two matches in straight sets at the State Open to reach the semifinals.
Honors: Migliorini earned All-SCC Division I singles accolades all four of her seasons on the team and is a four-time All-State Team selection. Heading into this season, Migliorini was the New Haven Register’s two-time All-Area Team MVP.
Up next: Migliorini will continue her tennis career at Providence College in the fall.
The junior starred at first singles for Hand and helped ignite a season in which the team captured the CIAC Class M championship. At the State Open, she earned a berth in the quarterfinal-round as the No. 9 seed. She won three of four of her matches at the State Open, winning in straight sets in the Round of 16. Riordan was also a quarterfinalist at the 2018 State Open competition for Hand, which won its third consecutive SCC title.
Honors: Playing in the quarterfinals of the Open the past two seasons earned Riordan All-State status. She was recently named to the All-SCC Division I Singles Team for the second year in a row.
Sze produced an impressive junior season, willing all but three of her matches, while losing only once in the regular season at the No. 1 singles position. She helped propel South Windsor to an undefeated regular season and reach the Class L semifinals, where it was defeated by Wilton. The 2019 State Open saw her move on to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.
Honors: Sze is a three-time CCC East Region Team selection, having lost only two regular season matches in three years. She is a two-time All-State player.
With twin sister Taylor, Devon won the CIAC State Open doubles title, defeating the Daniel Hand duo of Anna Lang/Claire Langille in the championship match, 6-1, 6-3. The Stamford duo were seeded first in the tournament and went 3-0, adding to their outstanding record during the season. The Yaghmaie twins’ victory in the Open final gave them their second state doubles title in three seasons. They finished a perfect 22-0 on the season.
Honors: The junior has been selected as a First Team member of the All-FCIAC Team three times and has earned all-state accolades each of her three years on the squad. She was chosen as Stamford’s girls tennis MVP in 2018 and 2019. Among some of her awards were: Stamford’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete; National Honor Society; Science National Honor Society; Mickey Lione Jr. Fund Youth Excellence Award Recipient.
Taylor and twin sister Devon have been synonymous with success since they formed a doubles team as freshmen in the spring of 2017. They captured the State Open doubles championship in 2017, lost a tough three-setter to Staples in the 2018 final, then notched a victory against Daniel Hand in this season’s title matchup. They were once again, dominant during the regular season at the No. 1 doubles position for Stamford. The twin sister duo have fashioned an eye-opening 64-2 record, spanning three seasons.
Honors: A junior, Taylor Yaghmaie has been selected as a First Team member of the All-FCIAC Team three times and has earned all-state accolades each of her three years on the squad. Some of her awards include: Stamford girls tennis MVP 2018, 2019. Stamford’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete; National Honor Society; Science National Honor Society; 2018 Mickey Lione Jr. Fund Youth Excellence Award recipient.
|Sophia Chin||South Windsor||Jr,|
|Gabby Gato||St. Joseph||Jr.|
|Lucia Pino||Jonathan Law||Fr.|