Girls tennis: Gaelettes 7-4 at midway point

The Gaelettes tennis team has a had a fine first half for the 2015 season, with a 7-4 record.

Last season, the team finished with a 9-7 record and this year the team have set the goal to improve on last season’s record and qualify for postseason play.

The team is led by seniors Kristen Ferris, Ashley Varrone and Vic Dortenzio.

Ferris/Dortenzio play at No. 1 doubles and stand at 6-1 for wins/losses and the No. 1 singles position is held by co-captain Varrone with a 7-3 record.

All three seniors have been four-year varsity starters and they bring great match experience and team leadership.

“These seniors are fantastic role models for the underclassmen” said head coach Michelle Sedlock. "Ashley Varrone has not only led our team on the court but has done much for the sport of tennis volunteering as a coach for USTA and teaching tennis in various recreation level programs.

"She will continue her playing efforts as she will attend University of New Haven and play for the Division II colleges women’s tennis team.  It is always a great feeling as a coach to be able to see a player move on to play at the college level."

The team of Ferris/Dortenzio have set the high goal to qualify for the CIAC Individual doubles team tourney held post season.

The girls qualified last year as they played position of No. 2 doubles. Other set positions are No. 2 doubles Alexis Zhitomi/Lourdes Rivera, No. 2 singles Maryana Hnyp, third singles Ally Packnick and fourth singles Sejal Bhargava.

Playing No. 3 doubles are Natalie Ferris and shared partners Haya Sobh, Lindsay Shanahan and Vicky Kostour.

New additions are Elise Wardell, Gabby Rago and Jess Weiss.

Team managers are Claire McNamara and Nicole Ulysal. The team has six regular-season matches left and have set team goals to qualify for the SCC Division I tourney and CIAC state team tournament.