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Saturday, March 24 Sports

Wave girls tennis reaches state final against Ludlowe

No. 3 Darien won all three doubles matches to prevail 5-2 at home against Staples Wednesday and advance to Friday's Class L final against No. 1 Fairfield Ludlowe.

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The match was deadlocked at two for over an hour before Darien No. 2 singles player Mia Dursht defeated Alex Collins 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Moments later, the Blue Wave No. 3 doubles team of Allegra Molkenthin and Susie Alptekin clinched the match with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Rachel Lieberman and Sara Rountree.

"It was a really intense match," Wreckers coach Paco Fabian said. "It was one of the most fun matches of the year, even though we lost."

Staples No. 1 singles and Duke-bound Melissa Berretta fell to Darien's freshman sensation Kateri Martin 6-1 6-0 in her final match for the Wreckers.

"It was very hard to look in her eyes, because I knew it was the last time I would see her walking off the court," Fabian said.

The Blue Wave's Pia Teschner fell 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 3 singles match, as did Katie Lashdendock in the No. 4 contest to Gabi Titlebaum, 6-3, 6-4.

All three doubles matches were close. Darien's No. 1 team of Erika Gill and Libby Feingold edged Kelsey Shockey and Vanessa Mauricio 7-5, 7-6 and the No. 2 tandem of Catherine Hatfield and Anna Barsanti got past Avery Wallace and Tess Rubin 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.

The Wreckers defeated FCIAC foes Warde and Ridgefield to advance to the semifinals, while the Blue Wave bested rival Greenwich and North Haven.