GREENWICH — Wilton’s No. 1 doubles team of Arden Lee and Amber Li were, of course, pleased with their victory at the top spot against Greenwich, but they became more excited when they learned just how significant their win was.
With the match tied, the Warriors’ senior doubles team edged Greenwich’s Amy Bickham and Yui Inagawa in a hard-fought tiebreaker — a win that gave visiting Wilton a 4-3 triumph against the Cardinals in a well-played FCIAC match that lasted nearly three hours.
“We were not aware that our team won the match, 4-3, that’s awesome,” Li said. “I had no idea, we were just thinking about playing our match.”
All eyes were on the No. 1 doubles match, but Wilton coach Rod D’Jaly Thoby didn’t tell the tandem what was at stake in the hope of not putting additional pressure on them.
“This is a huge win for our team, especially for our seniors, who hadn’t beaten Greenwich before,” Thoby said. “That No. 1 doubles match was a great match — all of the matches were great.”
With the victory, Wilton raised its record to 9-2. Greenwich, which has lost three straight (Staples, Westhill and Wilton), is 7-4.
Wilton’s first doubles team came back to beat Bickham/Inagawa, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Trailing 5-2 in the third set, Inagawa and Bickham surged back to take a 6-5 advantage, converting a pair of key break points along the way. The Lee/Li combination forced a tiebreaker by breaking Greenwich’s serve, then took a 3-0 lead in the tiebreaker.
“All I was thinking going into the tiebreaker was we just need to keep being consistent, keep being loose and keep poaching,” Lee said. “They are really solid players, so there was nothing that we could just attack. So we needed to play our best and not make any errors.”
Said Li: “Greenwich is a really tough team, I’ve been on the team four years and this is the first time we beat them I can’t believe we pulled that off.”
The Warriors’ other wins came at second doubles and first and third singles. In a matchup of two of the better singles players in the FCIAC, Wilton junior Izzy Koziol posted a 6-4, 6-4 win against GHS senior Martine Fierro.
“I started out a little tentative, I went down love-two, then I got it back two-all,” Koziol said. “I think I got it to 4-2 and I pulled it out at 6-4. The second game, I won the first game, then it was tight all the way to 6-4. I’m happy with the win, especially because Greenwich is tough. Her forehand is good, but she also runs around her backhand really well.”
Said Fierro: “I feel like I played really well. It’s really nice to play Izzy, because I play with her during the offseason, so it’s nice to play somebody that I know. She is such a good opponent. Everyone I play from every school is great at No. 1.”
At third singles, Wilton junior Alexandra Iotzova notched a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 win against Greenwich senior Christina Gianesello. Greenwich’s singles victories came from sophomore Nathalie Williams at No. 2 and Kendall Schrohe at the fourth spot.
Williams was a 6-1, 6-0 winner against sophomore Emma Caldwell.
“She came out pretty strong and I had to fight for every single point,” Williams said. “I think I kind of wore her down after four games or so, because I was hitting it heavy and moving her back and pushing her off the court. As long as I just continued to be aggressive it fell into place.”
Schrohe, a junior, won her match against Rhea Raghavan (freshman) 6-1, 6-1.
“She was really good, she won the first game and I got a little nervous, but played a really good match,” Schrohe said. “I just tried to stay calm. The last two matches last week, I felt a lot of pressure, but I just tried to stay calm today and took it point-by-point.”
Second doubles saw Wilton seniors Gerri Fox and Kate Seelert register a 6-2, 6-1 triumph against Abby Shropshire (sophomore) and Hannah Viney (junior). Greenwich’s Ellie Viney/Courtney Sheets pulled out a three-set win in the third doubles match, 6-1, 0-6, 6-1.
“As a senior, this win is so special for us,” Lee said. “Our team is really strong this year. We have been in these long, tough matches before, which helped us. It’s very exciting for our team.”
WILTON 4, GREENWICH 3
Singles: Izzy Koziol (W) def. Martine Fierro 6-4, 6-4; Nathalie Williams (G) def. Emma Caldwell 6-1, 6-0; Alexandra Iotzova (W) def. Christina Gianesello 6-2, 1-6, 6-3; Kendall Schrohe (G) def. Rhea Raghavan 6-1, 6-1. Doubles: Arden Lee/Amber Li (W) def. Amy Bickham/Yui Inagawa 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3); Gerri Fox/Grace Cahill (W) def. Abby Shrophshire/Hannah Viney 6-2, 6-1; Ellie Viney/Courtney Sheets (W) def. Kate Seelert/Mackenzie McCormick 6-1, 0-6, 6-1.