By Mal Boright
Team events now on
In her freshman season, Champlain Valley Union High’s Kathy Joseph was the Redhawk’s leading competitor in the annual individual girls tournament, making it all the way to the championship match before bowing to St. Johnsbury Academy’s Ayame Yazawa.
That was then.
This spring, as a sophomore, the now veteran Joseph turned the tables on Yazawa and scored 6-1, 6-2 triumphs in capturing the 2014 crown Saturday at Berlin’s indoor courts.
This week, Joseph is leading the defending Division 1 champion Redhawks’ girls through preliminary matches and a hoped-for shot at top-seeded South Burlington High for the team title. CVU, with its only two losses to the Rebels during the season, is seeded third.
Coach Amy deGroot’s squad opened the playdowns Tuesday at its Davis Park Shelburne home courts against Hartford High, seeded 14th with a 3-10 mark.
The boys team (10-3) is also going for the big trophy this week, drawing a sixth seed in the tournament pairings. The Redhawks were slated to play host to 11th-seeded Mount Anthony Union Wednesday.
Joseph was not the only CVU sophomore making a big noise in last week’s tournament.
The second-year doubles duo of Elyse Killkelley and Isabelle Angstman played its way to the championship match before being nipped by South Burlington’s Anna Wulfson and Jasmina Jasufagic, 5-7, 6-1 and 10-5.
CVU’s top boys player, George Lomas, lost to eventual champion Youssef Rajia of Fair Haven Union in the round of 16. Daniel Ro of Williston and Essex High then lost to sixth seeded Rajia in the quarterfinals.
In the boys’ doubles, CVU’s Ryan Schneiderman and Joey O’Brien made it to the semifinals before bowing to Essex’ Marsh Palin and Evan Price, 6-4, 7-5.
The girls’ team zipped past visiting 14th-seed Hartford High Tuesday 7-0, to advance to the second round of the Division 1 playoffs.