GREENWICH — The Greenwich Witches’ trust paid off Tuesday.
All season long, girls tennis coach Greg McGuirk has been telling his players that there would be some pains along the way, but come sectional time, they would pay off. That happened Tuesday in a 7-0 win over Waterford in a Class C/D quarterfinal of the Section II Girls Tennis Tournament.
“We’re the only small school playing in the Foothills Council,” McGuirk said. “I told the girls either we’re going to learn a little bit or not, but that if they work hard and trust, then we’ll get to sectionals and play teams our own size.”
The fourth-seeded Witches (3-12) will play top-seeded Chatham in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Thursday at a site to be determined.
Greenwich won six of the seven matches in straight sets, but got an emotional boost from the second doubles team of Olivia Snell and Brooke Smith, who pulled out a three-set win, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1).
“They came from behind that third set,” McGuirk said. “They were down 4-2.”
Greenwich lost five players to either graduation, moving or switching sports.
“But everybody had little successes along the way and it kind of helped build a little confidence,” McGuirk said.
Greenwich 7, Waterford 0
No. 1 — Amanda Thomas (Gre) def. Vida Zou, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 — Maddy Brophy (Gre) def. Carson Hardy, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 — Danielle Mcfee (Gre) def. Hanna Baranski, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 4 — Sarah Mueller (Gre) def. Hanna Normandin, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 5 — Jenna Hogan (Gre) def. Dianne Avellino, 7-5, 6-3.
No. 1 — Petra Heinimann/Amanda Ennis (Gre) def. Maddy Tyrell/Jessika Seney, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 2 — Olivia Snell/Brooke Smith (Gre) def. Crystol Johnston/Kuiana Williams, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1).