The Sandwich High School girls' tennis team kept it close until the deciding point fell to Middleborough in the preliminary round of the MIAA Division 2 South Sectionals on May 29. The 20th-seeded Lady Knights (9-9) fought all spring to earn a postseason spot and got the job done, but the The 20th-seeded Lady Knights (9-9) fought all spring to earn a postseason spot and got the job done, but 13th-seeded Sachems (13-6), who had defeated them earlier in the season, proved too much of an obstacle once again.
Grace Tanguilig lost, 4-6, 3-6 at first singles.
“Grace really played well against an opponent that she had had little success against in their prior match,” Sandwich coacoach Wes Martin said. “Grace stepped up her game and each set came down to one break of serve.”
Liz Siranisian won her match at second singles, 7-6(6), 6-1.
“Liz lost to this girl last time they met, but this time she battled through a tough tiebreaker to take the first set, and then cruised to take the second set, 6-1,” Martin said.
“Liz played steady and her big serve helped a lot.”
Kay Stanton fell in the third singles spot, 2-6, 3-6.
“Kay played a mirror image of herself, but her opponent was a bit more experienced and Kay made just a few more unforced errors,” Martin said.
At first doubles Sandwich picked up a 6-1, 6-0 victory by seniors Amanda Alvarenga and Christina Dykas.
“Amanda and Christina finished their high school careers with a strong win,” the coach said. “They played their usual steady game and won easily. It was a nice way to finish.”
Taylor Eccleston and Allison Bryant fell short at second doubles.
“Taylor and Allison lost a heartbreaker, 5-7, 6-1, 5-7,” coach Martin said. “This was a tough loss for them. They had won easily last time they played and maybe started a bit overconfident as they lost a close first set, but quickly got into the match and crushed them in the second set. In the third set they were serving for the whole match at 5-4, but somehow their opponents put together several strong points and before we knew it they were down 5-6 and then lost the third 5-7.”
The Lady Knights will lose team captains Amanda Alvarenga (Quinnipiac) and Christina Dykas (Union College) to graduation.
“We will miss them both, their tennis skills and their leadership,” Martin said. “I'd give the whole team an A+ for their strong finish and never-give-up attitude. It was a fun year for us all.”
Siranosian was named to the Atlantic Coast League All-Star Team and Christina Dykas received the ACL Sportsmanship Award.
The team announced it will be led by senior captains Grace Tanguilig, Allison Bryant and Taylor Eccleston next year.