Fairfield Ludlowe girls tennis flying high
Published 11:03 am, Saturday, April 18, 2015
During that time, Reisert has reeled off seven CIAC titles, three CIAC runner-up finishes, four FCIAC championships and two conference runner-up finishes. Oh, and he's closing in on 300 career victories too.
And this year's team could be his best ever.
After Tuesday's 6-0 win over McMahon, the defending Class LL champs stand at 4-0, led by a trio of seniors that give Reisert a heck of a 1-2-3 punch.
"This team has the potential to be the strongest Ludlowe team we've fielded in 11 years here," said Reisert, who won career match No. 291 Tuesday. "Certainly with the success we had last season and a lot of the girls are back with that experience, we have the potential to keep growing and possibly have the chance to be the strongest Ludlowe team ever."
Senior Lindsey Evans is the No. 1 singles player for the Falcons, a three-time first-team All-State and three-time first team All-FCIAC performer, and holds a 50-5 record over the past three seasons.
If you think that's good, Ludlowe's No. 2 singles player, senior Cami Adajian has gone undefeated in her last two regular seasons and is off to a 4-0 start this spring. Her twin sister Kyra, plays at No. 3 singles and had won all three of her matches to date.
Over Ludlowe's opening four matches, Reisert has used senior Danielle Fox and freshman Gabby Gabel in the No. 3 and No. 4 singles position and has three veteran doubles teams -- Lexie Brown and Lauren Hilliker at No. 1, Sarah Jennings and Julia Cheung at No. 2 and Ana Wyckoff and Maddie Leverty at No. 3. And Reisert isn't afraid about using up-and-comers Alissa Sanguiolo, Lauren Hand and Gabby Gulian in matches.
"Everyone on the team, we all get along really well," Evans said. "There's no special groups that go off an sit in the corner by themselves, we're all together, we all cheer each other on. We've got good chemistry. Luldowe's got good vibes."
Evans and Cami Adajian joined the team as freshmen. Kyra, after a season with the JV squad, joined as a sophomore. Almost the entire team has been together in one way, shape or form for the last two-plus seasons.
"We've all been together now for three years and we've all grown really close," Cami Adajian said. "And after being with each other we all know each other and we know how to communicate with each other and grown really close. It makes it that much better."
Evans, who defeated McMahon's Rebecca Link 6-0, 6-1 on Tuesday, has been playing at the No. 1 spot since her freshman season. This fall, she'll take her talents to Villanova, where she expects to play both doubles and singles.
"I very much prefer doubles because you get to volley ... points are over a lot quicker," Evans said. "If I had a choice, I'd love to play both but doubles is my favorite. I'm going to play both in college and I know I'm going to play very high on the doubles lineups ... singles middle of the pack."
According to Reisert, Evans is the complete tennis package.
"She's got quite a bit of seasoning to her because of all her (USTA) tournament play," he said. "She came (to Ludlowe) with a lot of matches under her belt. She was comfortable playing against older players and in terms of their ability level, she was stronger."
Last season the Falcons went 24-1 and captured both the FCIAC and Class L crowns. And, as much as they'd like to do it again, they know they can't look too far down the road.
"It's definitely a goal (winning FCIAC, Class L) but I think just being seniors and enjoying the season," Kyra Adajian said. "Everything is happening so fast, I don't want to take anything for granted."