Ludlowe advances to FCIAC semis in girls tennis
Updated 1:20 pm, Tuesday, May 24, 2011
When Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe met in the regular season, the Mustangs' No. 1 players stole victory from the Falcons.
However, in the FCIAC quarters on Friday, the Falcons top players got their revenge.
Ludlowe's top-singles player Alyssa McAndrew and top-doubles players Brook Mackno and Layne Rissolo each earned victories, which keyed No. 5 Ludlowe's upset over No. 4 Warde, 4-3 on Friday in the FCIAC quarterfinals at Fairfield Warde High School.
"I was thrilled with the way our entire team came out ready to play," Ludlowe coach John Reisert said. "We started strong in most matches."
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"I think both teams are strong," Warde coach Marilyn Jamgochian said. "I hope we can see them again."
But it was McAndrew who -- lost to Mustangs' top-player Christie Schneider 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) in the regular season -- rebounded to earn a straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 win over Schneider in FCIACs.
"She is playing with great confidence," Reisert said of McAndrew. "Her ball striking has been outstanding."
Mackno and Rissolo also got some revenge over the Mustangs' first-doubles duo of Megan and Erin Hines. The Hines' twins swept Ludlowe's top-pair in he first meeting, 6-3, 6-3.
But Mackno and Rissolo turned the tables, winning 6-2, 6-3. Ludlowe won all three doubles matches which sent it to the semifinals against New Canaan.
"We wanted to win so bad," Mackno said. "It was great that we pulled it out."
"That was their best match of the season," Reisert said. "They both finished well at the net."
Mackno admitted that she was unaccustomed to doubles play when she and Rissolo played Warde the first time, Mackno had just tranferred from No. 2 singles. But she and Rissolo have developed a rapport in the weeks since that match was completed.
"We've learned how to become a unit," she said.
Ludlowe swept the three doubles matches with Dillon Casey and Paige McCormick beatin Abbie O'Hara and Elise Finzi 6-3, 6-1. Liz Searight and Taylor Boyd dominated Carin Gannon and Mackenzie Hiltz 6-0, 6-3.
Ludlowe's match against the top-seeded Rams was postponed until Tuesday. The Falcons played in the semifinals at New Canaan, and if they were victorious, will play in the FCIAC Final today at Wilton at 4 p.m.