With two more wins this past week, the Wilmington High Girls Tennis team wrapped up their regular season with a record of 11-5, the third straight season where they have finished with 11 wins.
The Wildcats will now await the Division 2 North Sectional Tournament pairings, which are set to be announced on Friday, hoping their 11 wins are enough to earn them a first round home match.
Last season, their 11 wins earned them a first round home match against Wayland, suffering a 4-1 loss. In 2017, the Wildcats’ 11 wins sent them on the road in the first round where they picked up a win over North Andover before losing in the quarterfinals to Wayland.
The Wildcats certainly appear to be ready for tournament play as they earned a 4-1 win over Wakefield last Wednesday and a 5-0 win over Watertown on Thursday.
In the win over Wakefield, the Wildcats got their typical outstanding performance from their three singles players, with senior captain Emily Hill earning 6-0, 6-1 win in first singles, while junior Carolyn Roney earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory in second singles and senior captain Lia Kourkoutas rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win in third singles.
In doubles play, senior Jess D’Arco and sophomore Lauren D’Arco picked up a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
It was more of the same on Thursday against Watertown the Hill winning 6-0, 6-0, Roney winning 6-1, 6-1 and Kourkoutas coming out on top 6-0, 6-0. Meanwhile in doubles play, the D’Arco sisters battled their way to a 6-5, 6-4 win in first doubles, while sophomore Jess Murray and junior Angelica Loshak earned a 6-1, 6-4 victory,
“The last two matches were great for our confidence heading into the tournament,” Wilmington coach Matt Hackett said. “I don’t think the quality of tennis was necessarily a great tune-up though, so this week we will play some challenge matches and also play a fun scrimmage of sorts against the boys to get the girls set for what is likely to be a quality opponent in the first round.”
The singles teams have been dominant all season long for the Wildcats, but this past week the doubles team offered a reminder that they will also be very important to the team’s tournament hopes.
Hackett knows he has a deep and talented squad and he will be looking to get points throughout his lineup once tournament play begins.
“Tennis is all about match-ups,” Hackett said. “You need three wins and it doesn’t matter where they come from. Our singles players have been the back-bone of this team only losing a combined nine matches between the three of them. However, our doubles teams have had some big wins as well. Our team is mentally tough and will be ready to go next week!”