Changing of the Guard
One year ago, the girls rolled into Milton with expectations that they would leave as ISL champions and cap off a historic season. Instead, they found themselves back on the coach bus, tasting defeat and some sad pizza. Today was a different day.
The Lady Zeebs were sharp, focused, and determined to end a 22-year losing streak to the perennial New England powerhouse. The day kicked off with #2 doubles best performance of the season, an 8-1 win that struck fear into onlookers. #1 doubles shook off a slow start and then ran away with the match as they have all year. #3 doubles raced out to an early lead, but their opponents fought back. After dramatically saving multiple match points, they finally pulled out a fantastic win.
Singles matches went out sporadically, but Groton's play was consistent and intense. #3 singles was a dominant win that even ended before the doubles were all complete! #2 singles was next to finish with another phenomenal performance. With five wins under their belt, the team could relax and ice this victorious cake.
#5 singles was an offensive onslaught, with Groton cruising to victory. #1 singles was a battle between two of the top players in New England. Groton overcame a 1-4 first-set hole to win 6-4, 6-3, avenging a difficult defeat a year ago.
It was fitting that the final two matches showcased Groton's sixth-form captains on senior day. As the team watched on, the girls completed the 9-0 sweep. The team embraced their beloved leaders and rushed off to dinner with smiles on their faces.
It was a perfect match on senior day at Groton. Thank you to Aimee, Fiona, and Julie for being wonderful players, people, and teammates. Your energy, spirit, and fight will be sincerely missed.
Final match of the year on Saturday against St.Marks. #RollZeebs