Sarah Bullers, Amity: A three-time New Haven Register/GameTime All-Area selection, Bullers won 21 matches in singles player for the Amity, which finished second in the SCC last spring. Bullers, a junior, made it to the third round of the State Open last season and earned All-SCC honors.
Gabriella Dellacono, Stonington: Dellacono enjoyed an absolutely perfect junior season. The all-court player registered a 27-0 record en route to winning the State Open singles championship. She didn’t drop a set on her way to claiming the state title. Dellacono ranked among the top-five players in the state on the junior circuit will bring her tennis skills to Brown University next season.
Alyssa DiMaio, Staples: A junior, DiMaio is coming off a sophomore season in which she starred at No. 1 singles for Staples. A two-time All-FCIAC, All-State team selection, DiMaio helped lead the Wreckers to the FCIAC and Class L titles, earning clutch wins from her position at the top singles spot. At the State Open Championships, she advanced all the way to the finals, where she lost to Gabriella Dellacono from Stonington. DiMaio registered a record of 5-1 in the State Open and should once again, be a force the No. 1 position for Staples this spring.
Martine Fierro, Greenwich: A 2018 All-FCIAC Team selection, Fierro registered a record of 13-3 at the No. 1 position for the Cardinals as a junior last spring. Fierro, who has been in the Cardinals’ singles lineup since her freshman year, helped spark Greenwich’s run to the FCIAC Tournament semifinals and Class L quarterfinals.
Gabby Gato, St. Joseph: A junior, Gatto is the Cadets’ No. 1 singles player. She earned All-FCIAC honors a year ago, when she emerged as one of the premier players in the conference and state. She made her mark at the 2018 State Open, winning her first two matches, before losing to Darien’s Lilly Ma in the Round of 16. She should be one of the toughest singles players to top this spring.
Jovanna Gaetano, West Haven: As a sophomore in 2018, Gaetano produced a 19-1 record in singles play – the best Haven showing in program history. She was named SCC Division II Player of the Year. Gaetano went 2-1 in the State Open, losing in the Round of 16. The Westies should be powered by Gaetano at the top of their lineup.
Isabella Koziol, Wilton: The Warriors possess one of the state’s premier singles players in Koziol, who earned All-FCIAC, All-State honors a year ago. Following a highly successful season at the No. 1 singles spot, Koziol made a strong run in the State Open competition, making it to the semifinal-round, where she was defeated by eventual champion Gabriella Dellacono of Stonington. A junior, Koziol won three of her four matches at the State Open and is one of the top ranked players in her age group on the USTA circuit.
Melanie Leguizamon, Greenwich: Leguizamon, a junior, starred at second singles for the Cardinals in the regular season, then had a strong postseason. At the State Open, she made it to the Round of 16 of the singles bracket. A member of last season’s All-FCIAC squad, Leguizamon has an all-court game
Lilly Ma, Darien: Ma earned FCIAC Player of the Year accolades by going undefeated during the regular season as a junior in 2018. She help spark the Blue Wave to appearances in the championship match of the FCIAC and Class L tournaments and advanced to the quarterfinal-round of the State Open. Ranked among the top five players on the USTA junior circuit, Ma, an All-FCIAC, All-State selection in 2018, will again, guide Darien at the No. 1 spot this season.
Julia Migliorini, North Haven: Migliorni, who will continue her tennis career at Providence College, is a three-time State Open quarterfinalist. She was chosen as the SCC Division 1 Player of the Year in 2018, after going 20-0 in singles play during the regular season and 26-1 overall. Over her first three seasons on the North Haven squad she’s produced a record of 74-4. A member of the All-State team in 2018, Migliorni, a senior, was last spring’s GameTime/New Haven Register All-Area Team MVP.
Samantha Riordan, Daniel Hand: Riordan should be tough top at the No. 1 singles after she sparked the team to the SCC Tournament title. Honored as the Most Outstanding Player of the SCC Tournament, she 20-3 in singles play during the regular season and advanced to the State Open quarterfinals.
Caitlin Sze, South Windsor: After going undefeated during the regular season as a freshman, Sze was South Windsor’s most consistent performer in 2018, winning the majority of her matches at first singles. The junior, who earned All-CCC honors, won her first two matches at the State Open, before being edged in the Round of 16.
Taylor Yaghmaie, Stamford: A junior, Yaghmaie and her twin sister Devon, have formed one of the most successful doubles teams the past two seasons. In 2017, they won the State Open doubles as freshmen and as sophomores last year they earned a berth in the championship match, where they were edged by Staples seniors Kristin Butler and Hannah Bjorkman, 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (10-8).
Devon Yaghmaie, Stamford: Together with her twin sister Taylor, Devon flourished as part of a doubles team. The duo rolled through the regular season before making it to the State Open final and should be one of the doubles teams to beat this season.