Gaelettes cap successful campaign at banquet

The Shelton High School girls tennis team held its annual post season awards banquet on June 18.

The 2014 team posted a 9-7 record, qualifying for the SCC team tournament with a seed position of five out of eight positions.

Shelton was defeated by the score of 4-3 by fourth-seeded North Haven.

The team also qualified for the CIAC team tournament, facing Simsbury High, where the Gaelettes were defeated by the score of 4-3.

“A few more points that go our way, we win both these post-season matches,” head coach Michelle Sedlock said.

Sedlock said she was extremely pleased with the teams post-season play. Winning individual matches in state tourney play were No. 2 singles Ashley Varrone.

She defeated her Simsbury opponent in a hard-fought, three-set match. Varrone’s play at Simsbury was “outstanding” Sedlock said.

Also playing well were No. 4 seed singles player Sejal Bhargava.

“Sejal stepped into fill a starting position at the Simsbury match and did a great job and brought us a big win,” Sedlock said.

And at the No. 2 doubles position, Kristen Ferris and Vicki Dortenzio were also victorious.

At the SCC tourney match, the Shelton doubles teams were all winners— including Alex Gumbs/Emily Rogalin, No. 1 seed, Ferris/Dortenzio, No. 2 seed and third-seed winners were Sam Rubio/Alexis Zhitomi.

At the CIAC Individual Open tournament, Shelton was represented by Gumbs/Rogalin, who won their first-round match against Seymour and then were beaten in second-round play by Amity.

Ferris/Dortenzio also won their first-round match against Avon and were beaten in round two by Ridgefield.

At the annual awards banquet the following players were awarded the following:

Scholar Athlete, Rigel Mahmood

Gaelette Award, Laura Ferris

Coaches award of Excellence, Alex Gumbs/Emily Rogalin

Outstanding Position award, Kristen Ferris/Vicki Dortenzio

Sportsmanship award, Samantha Rubio

Courage award, Anna May

All-league first-team selection, Rigel Mahmood, Division I

All SCC-All Academic team, Alex Gumbs

Varsity jacket winners, Maryana Hnyp, Kristen Ferris and Vicki Dortenzio

Varsity letter, Alexis Zhitomi