Molson sails to historic women’s tennis title

ESSEX — Bea Molson has risen through the ranks of high school women’s tennis in Vermont as fast as her returns have overtaken her competitors.

The Mount Mansfield freshman entered the field after spending the last year with the Cougars program as an eighth grader. And in her first official year at Jericho, Molson soared to an undefeated title chase.

In straight sets, top-seeded Molson became the first individual women’s singles champion in MMU program history, ousting Burlington’s Georgia Wool 6-1, 6-4, at Essex’s Edge Sports and Fitness complex on Saturday. .

“It makes me proud and excited because it was our first,” Molson said of the title win. “I just wanted to represent Mount Mansfield because it wasn’t a very big school that wins a lot, so it was cool to finally win.”

Molson, who broke all of Wool’s serves en route to the dominating performance, leads a Cougars team with nine freshmen against just one senior.

“We have a lot of enthusiasm for women’s tennis,” said MMU coach Sandra Fary. “There are a lot of girls who want to start playing all year round and Bea has been a real inspiration to our team and a leader of our team who kind of sparked a passion.”

MMU Sporting Director David Marlow: “It (the championship win) shows how far our program has come and the two coaches, Sandy and Edye Graning, have really started to develop a women’s tennis culture in Jericho.”

In the second set, Molson, who has dropped just one set all season – a 7-5 decision in the quarterfinals of the three-day tournament – ​​took a 5-4 advantage before wrapping up the game and championship.

“It is a model of etiquette. She obviously has good shots and a good strategy. And players look at his skills and try to be like Bea in some ways,” Fary said.

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Prior to the Championship, third seed Wool had won three of their four matches in straight sets.

“His level of tennis is better than anything we’ve seen,” Graning said of Molson. “And even today there was great competition, Georgia played a phenomenal game. They were hitting the winners. Lots of credit should go to both players.

Despite the convincing win, Molson was reserved in her abilities.

“When I’m playing a game, I don’t like to think too much,” Molson said. “I just use what’s in the back of my head. But I knew I was a good player. I didn’t think I was going to go this far. »

O’Donnell wins boys’ singles crown

Nick O’Donnell won the boys’ singles title. Junior Burr and Burton defeated Nathan Kim of Brattleboro 7-6, 6-2 for the individual championship.

O’Donnell, the top singles boys in the South, beat South Burlington’s Sriram Sethuraman (6-3, 6-3) in the semifinals. He is the second Bulldog in program history to be crowned champion and the first since Denis Krasnenkov in 2000.

Stowe girls rehearse doubles

The Stowe tandem of Gabby Doehla and Kate Tilgner paired up again to win the Women’s Doubles Championship for the second year in a row.

Doehla and Tilgner won the title 6-2, 6-1 over South Burlington’s Wynne Adamson and Lilla Erdos. The Raiders duo won each of their three tournament matches in straight sets, again for the second straight year.

This was Stowe’s third overall title in women’s doubles.

AJS tandem top boys field double

Augustin Gil Tricio and Javier Berenguer Puche of St. Johnsbury won in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) against Nevin Morton and Kheim Nguyen of Burlington.

Tricio, originally from Mexico, transferred a nationally ranked roster in padel, a racquet sport usually played in doubles on a smaller surface than tennis, from his home state of Coahuila, in a league season with the Hilltoppers.

Puche, originally from Spain, competed for Arena Tennis Alicante in his home country before joining AJS.

The pair, who are primarily singles players, had never played together before the tournament and won each match in straight sets as the top seeds.

“They are both new this year so I had never really seen them play, but they both have good volleys and good serves and they played well together,” the St. Johnsbury coach said. , Dan Bosco.

“I thought they would work really well in doubles and they mostly speak Spanish and are really good friends and it looked like it would work.”

It was the first doubles victory for SJA since 2019 and the second overall.

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