Thursday June 12, 2014
The South Burlington girl’s team has once again been crowned state champions after defeating CVU 5-2 this past Thursday. The title is the first since 2011 for South Burlington, who finished as runners-up in the state’s previous two championship contests. The Rebels jumped out to an early lead on the Redhawks after the top seeded doubles team of Anna Wulfson and Jasmina Jusufagic defeated Mackenzie Kingston and Maia Bertrand 6-1,6-0 and South Burlington’s Romana Bartosova beat CVU’s Mackenzie Buckman 3-6, 6-2, 10-8. The Rebels also found success with their second doubles pairing, as Delaney Spink and Taylor Gloyd defeated the Redhawk’s Ericka Barth and Sarah Erickson 6-1, 6-3. CVU’s Elyse Killkelley pulled out a hard fought 6-2,1-6,10-7 victory over South Burlington’s Sajani Sivakumar in the No. 3 singles matchup, but the Rebels surged ahead in the No. 5 singles contest when South Burlington’s Aster O’Leary dispatched CVU’s Isabelle Angstman 6-1, 6-2. The Redhawk’s state individual champion Kathy Joseph beat South Burlington’s Lajla Badnjevic 6-3,6-1 in the No. 1 singles matchup, but an aggressive No. 2 singles match from South Burlington’s Emily Sprague clinched the afternoon and the championship for the Rebels. Sprague defeated CVU’s Leah Epstein 6-3, 6-1. The win not only locked up a state championship for the team, but put the finishing stamp on a 20-0 undefeated season!