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Sunday, March 18 Sports

Rams girls tennis tops Trumbull to qualify for FCIACs

The road back to the FCIAC girls tennis tournament has been a bumpy one for reigning conference champion New Canaan. But, at long last, the Rams have made it back.

Following a 5-2 home win over Trumbull Monday, New Canaan concluded its regular season with a 9-7 mark and a berth into the FCIAC tournament as the No. 8 seed. The Rams will enter quarterfinal play Wednesday against Darien, which recently triumphed over unbeaten Fairfield Ludlowe 4-3 to claim the top ranking. The Blue Wave beat New Canaan earlier this season, 6-1.

Upperclassmen Sarah Lovejoy and Emily Brand led a Rams sweep of all doubles matches agianst the Eagles with a 6-1, 6-3 victory in the No. 1 matchup. Katie Means and Schuyler O'Mahoney cruised in the middle doubles match, 6-2, 6-2, as did Caroline Pratt and Abby Crowley in the No. 3 contest.

Over in singles, New Canaan demonstrated its superior depth agianst Trumbull to take the third and fourth matches. Freshman Charlotte Craig bested Kristen Peterson in a tightly contested first set, 7-5, before running away with the second frame, 6-2. Down in No. 4 singles, Kelsey Rowley easily slid past Nicole Anderson via a pair of 6-1 set wins.

At the top, sophomore Caroline Gordon was bested 3-6, 2-6 by Trumbull's Amy Zammarieh, while New Canaan's No. 2 singles player, Camryn Schlim, fell 0-6, 2-6 to Corrie MacLean.

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The Rams ended their season on a three-game winning streak. Should they advance past Darien, semifinal play is scheduled to begin Friday at 4 p.m.