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Ludlowe defeats Greenwich for FCIAC girls tennis crown

Published 10:38 pm, Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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  • The Fairfield Ludlowe girls tennis team poses for a photograph with their FCIAC title after defeating Greenwich at Wilton High School in Wilton, Conn., on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo: Jason Rearick / Stamford Advocate
    The Fairfield Ludlowe girls tennis team poses for a photograph with their FCIAC title after defeating Greenwich at Wilton High School in Wilton, Conn., on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo: Jason Rearick

 

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WILTON -- Fairfield Ludlowe's clinching win in the FCIAC girls tennis championship Wednesday afternoon on the Wilton High School courts was delivered by a familiar messenger. By the No. 2 singles player, junior Cami Adajian, whose victories in the tournament's quarterfinals and semifinals gave the Falcons their fourth win of the match and moved them along to the next round.

Adajian improved to 21-0 on the season by defeating Maddie Arnold of Greenwich 7-6, 6-1 to lead Ludlowe, the No. 2 seed, to back-to-back FCIAC titles. Before her run of three straight match-deciding wins, she said, it had been a while since any of her victories was so meaningful.

"Definitely, this one makes me the happiest. I'm really glad to be that last person," Adajian said. "This is really, really new to me. Every point (player to win a match) is important. It just happened."

Ludlowe (20-1) happened to dominate in singles once again this season, sweeping the four singles matches. Fourth-seeded Greenwich (14-5) took all three doubles matches.

Falcons junior Lindsey Evans, who raised her record this spring to 16-1, was named the tournament's most valuable player. She won her match at No. 1 singles over the Cardinals' Anna Daccache 6-2, 6-0.

"We needed everyone to play better or as well as when we last played them," said Greenwich coach Betsy Underhill, whose team was seeking a 13th conference title and first since 2012. "(The Cardinals) played better than last time on some courts and not as well as before on other courts. We needed to take a match that we didn't take before (against them)."

Ludlowe, the 2013 Class L state runner-up, beat Greenwich 4-3 on May 12 on the Cardinals' courts, winning three of four at singles and one of three in doubles. The player matchups at all positions Wednesday were the same as the regular-season meeting. The different results were at No. 4 singles, won by Ludlowe junior Kyra Adajian, and No. 3 doubles, won by Greenwich's Isabelle Janssen and Maitlyn Murphy.

"Our No. 4 singles player (Kyra Adajian) wasn't feeling very well in the first meeting," said Ludlowe captain Chelsea Keane, who played at No. 1 doubles. "She took it in two sets (Wednesday) instead of (losing in) three sets (on May 12)."

That loss by Kyra Adajian to Hannah Kratky earlier this month was one of two singles matches the Falcons have lost this season. Coach John Reisert said Ludlowe's record at singles is 82-2, noting that Daria Efimov, at No. 3 singles, has matched Cami Adajian's record of 21-0.

"We've had that next-match attitude all year," Reisert said. "We wanted to work our way back to the FCIAC finals. We're thrilled to bring (the championship) back home for a second year. We'd like to work our way back to play for a state championship."

Underhill said after beginning the season in a rebuilding mode, "It would've been wonderful to win it (FCIAC), but it was super wonderful being here."

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FCIAC girls tennis final

Ludlowe 4, Greenwich 3 (at Wilton): Singles: Lindsey Evans (L) def. Anna Daccache 6-2, 6-0; Cami Adajian (L) def. Maddie Arnold 7-6, 6-1; Daria Efimov (L) def. Maggie Glynn 6-0, 6-1; Kyra Adajian (L) def. Hannah Kratky 6-1, 6-3; Doubles: Julia Ackerman/Lizzie Griffin (G) def. Chelsea Keane/Lauren Hilliker 6-2, 6-2; Lena Schipper/Riley Sheets (G) def. Sarah Jennings/Ana Wyckoff 7-5, 6-0; Isabelle Janssen/Maitlyn Murphy (G) def. Lexi Brown/Julia Cheung 3-6, 7-5, 10-4. Records: Greenwich 14-5, Ludlowe 20-1. Highlights: Ludlowe won its second straight conference championship. Evans was named FCIAC tournament MVP.

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