CVU tennis team out to defend title

Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Only third-seeded Burlington High (15-1) and Vermont individual champion Madison Hartley of Charlotte stand between the Champlain Valley Union High girls tennis team and a second straight Division 1 championship.

The Redhawks and Seahorses will meet to decide the issue at 3 p.m. Thursday on the courts in Shelburne.

CVU earned the appearance in the finals Tuesday with a home victory over fifth-seeded South Burlington High, 5-2. Burlington popped seventh-seeded Rice Memorial High, 6-1 at Leddy Park.

The Redhawks’ number one player, senior Kylie deGroot, set the stage for the defeat of South Burlington with a tough 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over the Rebels’ Samantha Wulfson.

CVU’s AnnaClare Smith breezed to 6-0 and 6-1 sets over South Burlington’s Anna Young while Colleen McCarthy and Andrea Joseph also earned wins for the Redhawks.

The duo of Kristen Donalson and Christina Parker triumphed in doubles.

CVU’s boys team was knocked out of its Division 1 tournament last Thursday, 6-1, by South Burlington. Liam Kelley had the Redhawks’ lone win.