CVU tennis girls out to defend title (4/15/10)

April 15, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

After being interrupted by a postponement Monday, the defending Division 1 state champion Champlain Valley Union High girls tennis team will be in action at its home courts in Shelburne at 3:30 p.m. Thursday against Essex High and at 3:30 p.m. Monday with South Burlington High the opposition.

Monday’s home match with Mount Mansfield Union High was postponed until April 20.

Coach Amy deGroot has the 2-0 Redhawks primed for a serious defense of the title they won last year under the direction of Chris Hood, who retired at the end of the season.

The most recent of the two wins came Friday, a 7-0 triumph over Essex High at the Hornets’ home courts.

The five singles winners in order of ranking were Kylie deGroot, AnnaClare Smith, Abby Stoner, Andrea Joseph and Colleen McCarthy.

The triumphant doubles duos were freshmen Emily Polhemus and Claire Stoner, along with juniors Kristen Donalson and Megan Hamson.

“Our singles lineup is pretty well set,” said coach deGroot. “We are still working with the doubles teams.”

The Redhawks opened the campaign last Wednesday with a 6-1 win over Rice Memorial High.

Amy deGroot said she is familiar with many of the players from years as a youth tennis coach and personal trainer.

“When the opening occurred, we were fortunate to be able to get her,” athletic director Kevin Riell said.