It was a strong year for area girls tennis. As a result, the All-Herald Girls Tennis Team is one full of talent, and the five players to make our squad have shown they can compete not just in conference play, but in the state tournaments as well.
New Britain finished the regular season with a 10-6, and a big reason for that was the play of senior Claire Palin. The Hurricanes’ No. 3 singles player finished with an 11-5 record in individual matches and was rewarded with an All-CCC selection. Palin is also a strong student in the classroom, where she earned high honors marks and a member of the National Honor Society. She will be a tough player to replace for New Britain next season and will be attending UCon nin the fall to study biomedical engineering.
Newington and Southington each turned in spectacular seasons and as result both place two players on our team.
The Indians were led by their top two singles players in Olivia Rozio and Emmy Petronio on their way to a 14-3 team record.
Rozio, Newington’s No. 1, had little trouble against opponents this season, which resulted in her earning an all-conference selection and a spot on our team for the second year in a row. The senior was also recognized with a coach’s award and is an honor roll student. Although Rozio practices year-round, she also takes part in plenty of other extra-circular activities, such as drama club. For her work, she received a Halo nomination for original sound/music in a play.
Petronio, the Indians’ No. 2 singles player, was just as dominant as Rozio this season. The senior finished with a 14-3 individual record and reached the second round of the State Open to earn herself an All-CCC honor. Petronio also picked up the team’s Most Improved Award for the season and the Team Leadership Award as well. In the fall, Petronio will be attending Sacred Heart University where she plans on studying Speech Pathology and hopes to play club soccer and tennis.
Abby Murphy and Kate Hardy, two of the top players for the Blue Knights, round our All-Herald team.
Murphy has made our squad after both strong freshman and sophomore campaigns and her junior season was no different. Southington’s No. 1 singles player went 18-0 during the regular season and 21-2 overall after reaching the third round of the State Open. Her performance for the year not only earned her an all-conference honor, but an All-State selection as well. With another season still to go, expect Murphy to continue to get better and her list of awards to grow.
Hardy was another standout for the Blue Knights. This one leading the program’s top doubles team. Hardy and her playing partner Isa Miani went 12-4 and reached the State Open. Hardy was also named All-CCC for her efforts.
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