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Ludlowe girls tennis enjoys best season

Updated 11:51 am, Friday, June 8, 2012
  • Fairfield Ludlowe's girls tennis team has had six of its 10 varsity team members qualify for the State Open tennis tournament. Pictured, from left, are the qualifiers: Morgan Hilliker, Ellen Kovaleski, Daria Efimov, Lindsey Evans, Liz Waldvogel, Paige McCormick Photo: Contributed Photo
    Fairfield Ludlowe's girls tennis team has had six of its 10 varsity team members qualify for the State Open tennis tournament. Pictured, from left, are the qualifiers: Morgan Hilliker, Ellen Kovaleski, Daria Efimov, Lindsey Evans, Liz Waldvogel, Paige McCormick Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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The Fairfield Ludlowe girls tennis team's 2012 season stands as its most successful to date.

But that might not be the case for long.

The Falcons sent six girls to the State Open-- the most any team can send. Ludlowe also won a school record 16 matches, and reached the Class L quarterfinals.

"It's not that easy to get that many girls into the Open," Reisert said. "And everyone had a win or two in there. It's terrific."

Ludlowe will graduate only four-- two sets of doubles players-- and will return its entire singles quartet. Freshman Lindsey Evans was an all-state player as the Falcons' top-singles player this year. Evans reached the Open's third round before falling to eventual state-champion Kim Guerin.

No. 2 singles player Daria Efimov-- who is only a sophomore-- reached the second round, before dropping to state semifinalist Taylor Fay, 8-4 in a superset.

"She put up a good effort," Reisert said of Efimov.

Ludlowe's third singles player Cami Adajian was a freshman, but won 13 of her last 14 matches in 2012, going 17-3.

"We were so young at singles," Reisert said. "As the rest of the state graduates and they keep getting better, they'll have bigger aspirations for the years ahead."

The Morgan Hilliker/Ellen Kovaleski doubles duo dropped to eventual state finalist and top-seed Sara Greene/Kristin Laub from New Canaan. The duo finished its year 20-1.

Seniors Paige McCormick/Elizabeth Waldvogel were seeded 10th and won its first round match, before falling in the second round.

"It's going to leave a void," Reisert said.

McCormick, Waldvogel, Hilliker and Kovaleski will graduate, but that does not mean the Falcons will be without options. Reisert's pulled doubles duos from singles-- Hilliker was the team's No. 3 singles player in 2011-- and named Colleen Fitzpatrick and Sara Boyle as possible replacements. Fitzpatrick was undefeated in six matches this year, and Boyle was 5-1.

"We have a wealth of talent to pull from," Reisert said.

But Reisert also admitted the program's growth is consistent, and offseason work will determine who plays in the lineup in 2013.

"They all want to improve and be No. 1," he said. "Keeping the girls challenged will lead to success for us down the road."

ppickens@bcnnew.com; twitter.com/Pat_Pickens

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