October 28, 2016

After vacation, tennis teams to take on South Burlington

The Champlain Valley Union High School tennis teams will have some time off before their next events, set for April 29 for both boys and girls.

The girls tennis team took its 3-0 record to Montpelier on Wednesday afternoon, after the Observer’s press deadline, while the 3-0 boys will wait until after vacation for their next event.

On Monday, the girls team defeated Colchester High School 7-0. Singles wins went to Kathy Joseph, Andrea Joseph, Emily Polhemus, Mandy Taheri and Sydney Hardy. Doubles teams of Leah Epstein/MacKenzie Buckman and Paige Watson/Natalie Puma won their events.

“The team looked terrific!” Coach Amy deGroot wrote in an email to the Observer. “The girls played very well against a solid performing team. Colchester has a lot of good athletes on their team who are consistent and chase down a lot of balls. To come through with such a dominant performance is a testament to the hard work these girls have been putting into their tennis!”

On Saturday—a make-up date after sleet and rain canceled a Friday afternoon match—the girls defeated Essex 6-0.

On April 15, the boys team whopped Colchester 5-0.

Coach Frank Babbott said the season is off to a good start, but they have yet to take on “difficult schools” like Essex or South Burlington high schools, both of which he said are strong, especially South Burlington. CVU will take on South Burlington in its first event back from vacation.

The boys’ Wednesday match was cancelled due to “low numbers” from Montpelier High School.

Next up, the girls will play South Burlington April 29 at home in Shelburne, while the boys will be on the road.

—Stephanie Choate,
Observer correspondent



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