Redhawks collect fourth crown in five years

The Champlain Valley Union High School girls tennis team celebrates its second consecutive Division I state championship at the Sports & Fitness Edge in South Burlington Friday, June 7. Champions from L-R back row:  Ian deGroot, Head tennis coach Amy deGroot, Maia Bertrand, Paige Watson, Natalie Puma, Evelyn Mitchell, MacKenzie Kingston, Mandy Taheri, Leah Epstein, Caroline Arthaud, and Assistant Coach Matt Smith. Front row: Elyse Killkelley, Kathy Joseph, Andrea Joseph, Claire Stoner, Emily Polhemus, MacKenzie Buckman, and Izzy Angstman. Photo by David Epstein

The Champlain Valley Union High School girls tennis team celebrates its second consecutive Division I state championship at the Sports & Fitness Edge in South Burlington Friday, June 7. Champions from L-R back row:  Ian deGroot, Head tennis coach Amy deGroot, Maia Bertrand, Paige Watson, Natalie Puma, Evelyn Mitchell, MacKenzie Kingston, Mandy Taheri, Leah Epstein, Caroline Arthaud, and Assistant Coach Matt Smith. Front row: Elyse Killkelley, Kathy Joseph, Andrea Joseph, Claire Stoner, Emily Polhemus, MacKenzie Buckman, and Izzy Angstman. Photo by David Epstein

The Champlain Valley Union High School girls tennis team added another Division I state crown to their collection with a 6-1 win over South Burlington (SB) last Friday night at The Edge in South Burlington.

The Redhawks took the first six matches, four were needed for the title, beginning with a dominate performance by No. 1 singles player and CVU freshman Kathy Joseph. Matched up against Sam Wulfson who broke her serve two times, Joseph eventually rallied and defeated the SB senior 6-4, 6-2.

On a nearby court CVU’s No. 1 doubles pair Claire Stoner and Leah Epstein defeated South Burlington’s Linley Shaw and Jasmina Jusufagic, 6-0, 6-3 while No. 4 singles player Mandy Taheri made it three for three for the Redhawks with a win over Lisa Wood. In the fourth match No. 3 singles player Emily Polhemus clinched the crown for CVU with her win over South Burlington’s Emily Sprague 6-1, 6-3.

Andrea Joseph followed with a 6-2, 6-0 win over SB’s Lajla Badmjevic and the  No. 2 doubles pairing of Paige Watson and MacKenzie Buckman earned the final win for CVU 6-3, 6-1 over Delaney Spink and Aster O’Leary.

Although Evelyn Mitchell lost to SB’s Anna Wulfson in a shortened set, 8-6, the Redhawks ended the night with a fourth crown in five years.

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