Girls Tennis

CV wins finale, heads to playoffs

Cougars earn 8th seed in Division II

  • The ConVal girls tennis team defeated WLC 8-1 in the  regular season finale on Friday, May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal girls tennis team defeated WLC 8-1 in the  regular season finale on Friday, May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal girls tennis team defeated WLC 8-1 in the  regular season finale on Friday, May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal girls tennis team defeated WLC 8-1 in the  regular season finale on Friday, May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal girls tennis team defeated WLC 8-1 in the  regular season finale on Friday, May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal girls tennis team defeated WLC 8-1 in the  regular season finale on Friday, May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal girls tennis team defeated WLC 8-1 in the  regular season finale on Friday, May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal girls tennis team defeated WLC 8-1 in the  regular season finale on Friday, May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal girls tennis team defeated WLC 8-1 in the  regular season finale on Friday, May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal girls tennis team defeated WLC 8-1 in the  regular season finale on Friday, May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal girls tennis team defeated WLC 8-1 in the  regular season finale on Friday, May 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

It’s been an up and down season for the ConVal girls tennis team.

The Cougars came out strong with three wins in the first four matches and looked destined to break a lengthy streak of missing the playoffs. But four straight losses and dropping six out of seven overall put them in a difficult spot and left little hope of making the postseason.

ConVal would have to win all three of its matches in the final week and hope for a little help — something that worked out in the Cougars’ favor — to have a shot at the tournament. They defeated Manchester West, Milford and Division III Wilton-Lyndeborough and saw Souhegan and Trinity both lose in the final week to put the teams into a three-way tie for the eighth and final playoff berth in Division II with 7-7 records.

And when the postseason pairings were released on Monday, ConVal had won the tiebreaker to earn the final spot. The Cougars will travel to No. 1 Portsmouth on Wednesday to face a Clippers team that was a perfect 14-0 in the regular season.

Entering Friday’s match at WLC, the Cougars already knew that both Souhegan and Trinity had finished at 7-7. So a win was a must.

ConVal went on to sweep the Warriors in singles play and took two of three in doubles.

ConVal senior Caroline Trowbridge defeated WLC’s top player, freshman Maddy Bacon 8-4. Chloe Kipka defeated Sarah Higgins 8-2 and Chloe Tournier, ConVal’s No. 3, won 8-1 over Casey Montefusco. Ashlynn Wing outlasted Taylor Webb at No. 4, while Kathy Pavlik and Sabina Pieterse also won for ConVal.

WLC’s lone win came at No. 1 doubles. Bacon and Higgins, playing in her last match, came back from a 6-3 deficit to win 9-7 over Trowbridge and Kipka.

WLC finished the season 3-11 and in 14th place in Division III. The Warriors defeated Kearsarge, Stevens and also earned a late-season forfeit over Kearsarge.

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