Girls tennis: CIAC ruling gives Wilton new life

The Wilton High girls tennis team’s season will go on today, one day after the Warriors had been eliminated from the Class L state tournament in a 4-3 loss at Amity.

On Tuesday, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference awarded a forfeit victory to Wilton, due to a line-up violation by Amity.

The ninth-seeded Warriors (15-5) play at top-seeded Glastonbury (19-0) today at 3.

According to Wilton Head Coach Mike Racanelli, the issue was over Amity’s number-one doubles team being split up and moved up to the singles rotation.

According to the CIAC guidelines for state tourney play, “Alterations to the regular season line-up must not be made, including changes for strategic reasons.”

CIAC officials investigated the matter and ruled that Amity would have to forfeit the match.

Wilton had also juggled its lineup, but that was permitted because of the loss of top singles player Maddi Stow to injury. The team’s other singles players — Emma Stow, Sara Steinberg and Kinsey Watson — were all bumped up a position, with number-four singles being filled by first doubles player Kaitlyn Zheng.

Rachel Low was moved from third doubles to first doubles, teaming up with Taylor Ingerman, while Leigh Culnane at third doubles was partnered with Jelena Sypher.

In Monday’s match, Amity won the four singles matches, while Wilton swept the doubles.

The Warriors had opened the tourney on Saturday at home with a 5-2 win over Hamden.

Results for that match were:
Wilton 5, Hamden 2

Vidhya Maran (H) def. Emma Stow, 6-1, 6-0;

Katie Esposito (H) def. Sara Steinberg, 6-2, 6-4;

Kinsey Watson (W) def. Janaya Laude, 6-1, 7-5;

Jelena Sypher (W) def. Sarah Skeeles, 6-0, 6-2;


Kaitlyn Zheng-Taylor Ingerman (W) def. Zara Ahmed-Tashanta Gray, 6-1, 6-1;

Bridget Cott-Ally Shay (W) def. Sophie Coassin-Nikita Sukmono, 6-0, 6-0;

Hanna Jung-Katie Robertson (W) def. Cayce Andrews-Xanthe Yorke, 6-0, 6-0.