Five local girls tennis players were chosen for this year's All-Herald Girls Tennis Team after impressive seasons with the racket.
Berlin's Katy Sparmer, New Britain's Julitta Oliver, Southington's Riley Tindall, Newington's Anusha Singh and Plainville's Kimmy Xiques made up the five selections.
Sparmer's superb senior season with the Redcoats translated to a 10-7 regular season record and a berth into the Class M state tournament.
“Katy used her focus and drive to earn her spot as our No. 1 singles player and captain,” Berlin girls tennis coach Andrew Thurston said. “She was a fantastic listener who would take advice and implement it immediately into her game. She approached every point of every match with the same focus and set a great example for her young teammates on what it takes to succeed in sports and in life.”
Another senior, Oliver was the Hurricanes' undisputed leader this past spring. Only losing twice all year long, New Britain's No. 1 put together 13 straight wins through the heart of the schedule.
Oliver will be continuing her tennis career at Albertus Magnus College this fall.
Tindall worked her way to the Blue Knights' top position and guided them to a 11-7 regular season record and an appearance in the Class LL state tournament. The junior helped Southington reload after it lost talented players in Abby Murphy and Kate Hardy.
The Nor'easters season ended in heartbreaking fashion as they fell to Maloney during the quarterfinal round of the Class L tournament, 4-3. Singh lost her No. 1 singles match to Samantha Pirruccio, 6-4, 6-4, but still compiled a memorable junior season.
Singh earned CCC All-Conference honors along with teammates Emilia Dugas, Michelle Novikova, Rachel Errickson.
Lastly, the Blue Devils finished the year 2-15, however Xiques performed well in the No. 1 spot all season long. A junior, Xiques looks to be Plainville's top weapon ahead of the 2022 season.
Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.