Lynnfield women’s tennis celebrates successful season
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Almost every year for the past 40 years, Lynnfield women’s tennis coach Craig Stone has hosted a year-end celebration to honor all the hard work her teams have put in every season. That hard work has led to an extraordinary streak of 38 consecutive seasons with a place in the State Tournament, with the 2021 season being the most recent.
So, after missing a year due to the pandemic, the Pioneers gathered for their annual banquet to celebrate their season.
But this season was obviously very different for all teams, and the Pioneers were no different. After not playing tennis during the pandemic-canceled 2020 season, Lynnfield entered 2021 with just three players who had college experience. Ultimately, the Pioneers would have five starters who played their first varsity game in the 2021 season.
Lynnfield went 9-4 on the year and was seeded No. 5 in the Division 3 North tournament, where the Pioneers ultimately fell to No. 4 Swampscott by a 3-2 margin in the quarterfinals.
âObviously there was a lot of worry about what kind of season we might have, but there was also a lot of excitement and energy about how we would fill in the gaps, who would intensify and what. new players would have an impact. “
It turns out that there wouldn’t be too much difficulty filling in the gaps or recruiting new talent. In fact, Stone called her group of beginners – Lauren Grava, Genna Gioioso, Ava Buonfiglio, Emily Goguen and Gabi Mellor – “The Fab Five”.
And these are just the first college players, as returning players Anna Radulski, Emma Gallucci and Megan Nevils have contributed to the squad in a number of ways on and off the pitch.
Gallucci ended his career on the highest score, going 7-6 in doubles. A Cape Ann League all-star in her first two seasons with the team, Gallucci ended her Pioneers career 44-11 – good enough to place her in the top 50 in Canadian history. ‘school.
Radulski was simply unbeatable in 2021, with a 13-0 record over the year (12-0 in doubles, 1-0 in singles). Junior, Radulski was named CAL Star for his efforts this season.
Two other college players also had strong seasons, with Sarah Breslow going 9-5 and Maddy McCarthy 8-5.
During the celebration, the Pioneers also honored three high school players – Leticia Marafon, Alana Villair and Sarah Lombardi – for their continued dedication to improving on the pitch.
But with every end-of-season celebration comes a glimpse into the next year, and Stone is no different.
“I look forward to the 2022 season and the challenges it will bring, as well as the impact our returning players will have,” said Stone. “As I like to say, the first training of the 2022 season starts the day after the season, and all the time they spend in their games over the summer improves them as a player and makes us better at as a team. “
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After missing out on last year’s event due to the season cancellation, Lynnfield’s women’s tennis coach Craig Stone gathered his team together for his annual end-of-season celebration last week. (Item file photo)
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