Unbeaten Wave marches on, 4-1

  • Above, Greenfield’s Lilya Georgitsa lunges to return a shot from Mt. Greylock’s Mia VanDeurzen during their match at first singles Thursday afternoon at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield where the Green Wave advanced to the WMass Division III girls’ tennis semifinals with a 4-1 victory. Below, Greenfield’s No. 2 singles player Jenna Silk goes airborn to return a volley. Recorder PHOTOS/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Jenna Silk is all focus on Thursday afternoon during her victory at second singles. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Lilya Georgitsa returns a shot from Mt. Greylock's Mia VanDeurzen during Georgitsa’s straight-set win at first singles. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Jenna Silk lunges to return a shot from Mt. Greylock's Charlotte Sanford during their match at second singles Thursday afternoon in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Lilya Georgitsa serves against Mt. Greylock's Mia VanDeurzen during their singles match Thursday afternoon in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Jenna Silk lunges to return a shot from Mt. Greylock's Charlotte Sanford during their singles match Thursday afternoon in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Jenna Silk serves against Mt. Greylock's Charlotte Sanford during their singles match Thursday afternoon in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

Recorder Staff
Published: 6/7/2018 11:40:06 PM

Greenfield High School is marching on.

The third-seeded Green Wave kept its undefeated season alive, and more importantly, advanced to the sectional semifinals thanks to a convincing 4-1 victory over No. 6 Mount Greylock Regional School in a WMass Division III quarterfinal girls’ tennis match Thursday at the Davis Street Courts.

“We knew we had to win no matter what because we didn’t want to end the season today,” explained Greenfield coach Dennis Georgitsa, whose team improved to 16-0 with the victory. “The girls did a really good job. They dominated most of the matches. It was great to see them go out and play like that.”

Greenfield advanced to play second-seeded Lee High School (15-0) in today’s WMass semifinals. That match will be played in Lee at 4 p.m., with the winner advancing to Monday’s championship match against the winner of top-seeded South Hadley High School and No. 5 Sabis International Charter School.

“It’s going to be a really tough match,” admitted Georgitsa of today’s semifinal against last year’s WMass runner-up. “We’re just going to go there, play tennis point-by-point and see what happens.”

It was another dominant effort from the Greenfield singles’ squad. All three girls continued their undefeated seasons individually with straight-set wins over the Mounties (9-6).

Junior Lilya Georgitsa led the way at first singles, where she defeated Greylock’s Mia Van Deurzen, 6-2, 6-1. Senior Jenna Silk captured an easy 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Greylock’s Charlotte Sanford in the No. 2 spot, while classmate Leah Bosco claimed a 6-3, 6-4 win over Hannah Gilooly to give the Green Wave a trio of wins.

“I’m really privileged to coach those three,” said Georgitsa of the singles lineup. “They all know the game. They’ve been through most situations in tennis and they know what to do.”

In doubles action, Greenfield’s No. 1 tandem of Ngawang Tridytsang and Jenna Keith picked up a 7-5, 6-2 win over Emma Stankiewicz and Oriana Van Slycke. The lone Greenfield defeat came at second doubles, where eighth-graders Estera Covalenco and Kaitlyn Phillips dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision to Josie Dalsin and Izzy Leonard.

Sabis 4, Mohawk 1 — The timing was unfortunate for Mohawk Trail Regional High School.

Missing two of their three singles players, the fourth-seeded Warriors were unable to join Greenfield in the WMass semifinals Thursday. Mohawk had to forfeit its match at third singles, and fifth-seeded Sabis won three of the four contests played to snag a 4-1 victory in the teams’ WMass Div. III quarterfinal in Buckland.

“It’s a bit disappointing not being able to play with our full complement of players,” admitted Mohawk coach Chris Seaver, who was without seniors Mary Monohon and Rosalie Kinsey, who play second and third singles, respectively.

Weather postponed Tuesday’s original date of the matchup, and Sabis was unable to make the trip to Buckland on Wednesday. That left Thursday as the last option, with Friday being the date set for semifinal play to begin.

Senior Lilly Seaver closed out her career in convincing fashion Thursday. The Mohawk first singles player grabbed the lone win of the day, blanking Sabis’ Emma Smith, 6-0, 6-0, to finish her season with an impressive 14-5 overall record.

“I’m really proud of her. She had a good season,” lauded coach Seaver of his daughter.

Without Monohon and Kinsey, eighth-grader Avery Dupree got the call to move up and play second singles. Dupree appeared in several matches at third singles this year, but Thursday marked her first-ever appearance at No. 2.

Dupree played well in a lengthy match that lasted over two hours, but Sabis’ Remy Girard pulled out a 7-5, 6-4 victory.

“It was a good experience for her,” said Seaver of Dupree. “She’s probably going to be our No. 1 player next year so it was good for her to kind of see what she’s up against some tough singles players. She did well, held her own and played strong.”

Sabis (12-5) swept the doubles matches, beginning with the No. 1 duo of Angelina Gonzalez and Rhyanna Shubrick which defeated Mohawk’s Chloe Doyle and Sienna Lewis, 6-4, 6-2. In second doubles action, Bianca Twiggs and Katie Sharp earned a 6-2, 6-0 win over seventh-grader Haley Randall and Paige King.

“It was a great season,” said Seaver, whose team finished 14-5 overall. “There’s a lot for the girls to be proud of.”


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