The girls ran into a buzz saw in perennial powerhouse Taft, but Sydney Sheinfeld nearly pulled out an epic five game victory, losing 10-12 in the deciding game. Hudson Saunders and Marion Wright also won games. All the girls competed hard.
The girls has a great win against Westover. Wendy Zhou and Inara Sadiqi playing in only their second match ever, outcompeted their opponents, and Afia Baryeh and Annie Frame, playing in their first match ever, also won. #1 Maya Elms, #2 Marion Wright and #3 Sydney Sheinfeld also came up big for the Lions.
The girls lost to a competitive Miss Porters squad in a contest that came down to the last match. #1 Marion Wright, #2 Ellie Dial and #3 Polina Frenkl all won their matches easily. #4 Aaliyah Sampson and #5 Sydney Sheinfeld came back from behind to nearly pull off an improbable victory, and #6 Maisy Ford pushed her opponent to the brink in a compelling, see-saw tilt.
The girls beat Canterbury in convincing fashion, 7-0. #1 Marion Wright overpowered her opponent with howitzer drives off both wings. #2 Aaliyah Sampson overwhelmed her opponent with a serve that should be illegal. #3 Carly Lloyd ran her opponent silly with pinpoint boasts and rails. #4 Sydney Sheinfeld, #5 Maisy Ford, #6 Afia Baryeh and #7 Wendy Zhou all won easily, and #8 freshman Dionne Burnett, playing in only her second competitive match, showed a grit and determination that few players possess.
The girls fought hard against Westminster, but fell short, losing the tilt 2-5. #1 Aaliya Sampson beat a tenacious opponent in a five-game squeaker, prevailing on the big points. #2 Carly Lloyd dispatched with her opponent in three games, relying on her incredible anticipation and hustle to extend points. #5 Inara Sadiqi and #7 Wendy Zhou each one a game in defeat.
The Lady Lions showed a lot of heart in their loss to Berkshire. #4 Sydney Sheinfeld stormed back from a 0-2 deficit to win in five games and #7 Afia Baryeh came within a point of crawling out of a 0-2 hole to force a fifth game. #3 Polina Frenkel won handily and #9 Dionne Burnett played her best match of the season.
The Lady Lions got back on the winning track with a 5-2 victory over Millbrook. Kent had it's own "murderers row" as the team's top four players Maya Elms, Marion Wright, Carly Lloyd and Aaliya Sampson, won by a combined game total of 12-1. Elm's match was a Ruthian slugfest while her partner in crime, Lloyd, relied more on foot speed than brawn. Wright and Sampson simply wore their opponents down with their steady play. #7 Afia Baryeh also had an impressive victory, winning three straight games after losing a tight opening frame.
The Lady Lions beat a young Kingswood-Oxford squad 7-0. #1 Polina Frenkel, #2 Hudson Saunders, #3 Carly Lloyd, #4 Ellie Eldredge, #5 Aaliya Sampson, #6 Marion Wright and #7 all won convincingly. #8 Maisy Ford rode powerful drives off both wings to an easy win. #9 Afia Baryeh ran her opponent around with a variety of well-placed shots and #10 Wendy Zhou showcased her newest weapon, a lob serve that had her opponent scraping the walls.
The Lady Lions lost a heartbreaker to a Millbrook squad seeking to avenge their defeat from two weeks ago. #2 Aaliyah Sampson and #3 Marion Wright won easily, and #4 Maisy Ford gutted out a tight win, playing her best match when it counted most. #5 Afia Baryeh, #6 Wendy Zhou and #7 Dionne Burnett got progressively stronger with each game. Their determination and ability to make adjustments were impressive. #1 Carly Lloyd had an epic five-gamer against a tenacious opponent who came from behind to win the 4th and 5th games 13-11. As usual, Carly gave everything she had, making some incredible shots on big points, but her opponent made some impressive shots of her own. It was one of the most riveting matches of the season.
The Lady Lions competed valiantly against a strong Choate squad. #3 Marion Wright had the closest match, taking a game off her opponent, and #4 Maisy Ford, came within a point of doing the same. All the girls showed their usual sportsmanship and willingness to battle against the odds.
The Lady Lions lost to a strong Berkshire squad 1-6, the lone victory coming of the racquet of #3 Marion Wright, who steamrolled her opponent after losing the first game. #2 Aaliyah Sampson nearly brought her match to a deciding game, losing 17-19 in an epic fourth game filled with momentum shifts and great shotmaking. #5 Maisy Ford also played well in defeat, losing in three close games.
The Lady Lions beat a pesky Canterbury squad 6-1 thanks to strong performances from all of the girls. Especially impressive was the gritty play of #6 Afia Baryeh, #7 Wendy Zhou and #8 Dionne Burnett. Baryeh lost the first game and was a point away from losing the second, when she shifted into another gear and cruised the rest of the way. Zhou won an epic battle 10-12, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11 and 12-10, saving her very best for the last two points. And Burnett, down 0-2, game storming back, winning the third and fourth games by a whisker, before finally succumbing in a fiercely contested final game. #1 Carly Lloyd also lost her first game, but won the next three thanks to some key tactical changes and a killer offensive lob. The only girls who didn't break much of a sweat were #2 Aaliyah Sampson, #3 Marion Wright and #5 Maisy Ford, all of whom played steady and smart in their 3-0 victories.
The girls' tilt against Westminster was much closer than the 1-6 score indicated. Four of the seven matches went to five games; unfortunately, #2 Marion Wright was the only Kent player to pull out a win in a tense see-saw battle. #3 Aaliyah Sampson, #4 Carly Lloyd and #6 Maisy Ford all fought hard in physically demanding matches that came down to a few points. #7 Afia Baryeh played well in three tight games and #8 Wendy Zhou came within a point of taking a game against one of the better #8 players we've seen this year. # 1 Hudson Saunders, #4 Sydney Sheinfeld and #9 Dionne Burnett also played well in defeat.
The girls played a strong match against Taft. Afia Baryeh's serve was scorching; Wendy Zhou's, Marion Wright's and Aaliyah's backhands were blazing; Carly Lloyd's feet were racing, and Maisy's shots were finding their spots. What a great way to end the season.