Girls Tennis Takes Sectionals


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Tennis-PLakes2The Verona High School girls tennis team put its tough training in the Super Essex Conference to good use on Monday as it beat top-ranked Pompton Lakes 4-1 in the North Jersey, Section 1 Group 1 sectionals.

Pompton Lakes came into the match-up with a 9-3 record, to Verona’s 8-8. Verona had had a bye in the first round on October 3, then defeated Cedar Grove 5-0 on October 8 and followed that with a 5-0 victory over Park Ridge on October 11. Pompton Lakes also started with a bye, before defeating Emerson Boro and Cresskill.

The first win Monday came on the Doubles 1 court where the Verona team of Caroline Chivily and Briana Tedesco defeated Amanda Egan and Kristen Miragliotta of Pompton Lakes 6-0, 6-1. One court over in Singles 3, VHS sophomore Nell Karpinski powered her way to victory over the Cardinals’ Caroline King 6-2, 6-0.Tennis-PLakes3

In Singles 1, Verona senior Ciarra Davison defeated Amanda Pra Sisto 6-0, 6-1 while the VHS Doubles 2 duo of Gabby Brehne and Kelly Hogan defeated Kelly Brennan and Angela Leonte of Pompton Lakes 6-2, 6-3. Verona’s lone loss came in Singles 2, where the Cardinals’ Carolyn Zhang upset Jasmine Okafor 6-3, 6-1.

On Thursday, Verona travels to Mercer County Park in West Windsor for the NJSIAA Group semifinals and finals. The girls’ first match at 11 a.m. will be against South Group 1 champion Pennsville, which has an 18-2 record.Tennis-PLakes1

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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