Hanover Girls' Tennis Wins Division One Regular Season Title

Hanover senior Rine Uhm loads up to return a backhand in her victorious first singles match against Bishop Guertin.

Win Over Bishop Guertin is 12th in a Row

The Hanover High School girls’ tennis team beat a strong, young Bishop Guertin team 8-1 on Wednesday to end their regular season with a 13-1 record, and lock down the top spot in NHIAA Division One play. Manchester Central has also has a chance to finish 13-1, but by virtue of Hanover’s decisive 7-2 win over Central, they will receive the number one seed on the upcoming D1 playoffs.

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Hanover ends the season on a 12-game winning streak, and is 64-1 over the past four seasons.  Having won three consecutive Division Two titles, they will now turn their attention to making a run at the Division One crown in their first year.  The Marauders will open with a quarterfinal match at home next Wednesday against an opponent to be named later.

Bishop Guertin entered the match with a 10-1 record, an impressive feat given that their lineup was composed entirely by 9th and 10th graders.   They were no match for Hanover’s experience in singles.  Rine Uhm beat impressive 9th grader Claire Reynolds 8-3 at first singles.  Fellow senior Margaret Werner took an 8-1 decision at second singles.  Mindy Wu and Bri Laycock were winners at third and fourth singles, and  Ellen Lamm and Grace Li both earned 8-0 decisions at fifth and sixth singles.

Bishop Guertin, which had been holding down third place in the NHIAA standings, did not give up without a fight in doubles, even though the match had already been decided, and the 90-degree heat on the Hartford courts was a challenge for both squads.  Reynolds and Sara Schmitt earned BG’s sole point with an impressive first doubles win, beating Uhm and Laycock 8-4. Hanover won at both second and third singles.  Werner and Lamm won 8-1 at second singles, and Wu joined forces with Chiara Rothwell-Feraris at third doubles to triumph by the same score.

Third-year Hanover Coach Liz Murray praised her team, saying, “This was an incredible way to end our first season in Division One.  I could not be more proud of the way this team has played and developed over the season.”

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