This Wednesday, the Girls Varsity Tennis team kicked off its season with a match against BB&N. Having not lost any players to graduation, the team was poised for a quality win to open up their 2011 season.

After placing third in last year’s New England tournament, the team is aiming to win the second championship in school history.

The BB&N team was deep, and due to the recent rain, the team was playing its first match without having the ideal amount of practice time. The conditions were also poor.

Co-captain Stacia Vladimirova ’11 said, “the conditions were horrible for our match against BB&N. The wind was really inconsistent. At times it would be extremely powerful, but then die down to practically nothing. It also came from all different directions, making it difficult to predict the path of the ball.”

Despite the difficult conditions, Andover managed to prevail, winning 8-1; the number one doubles match was the only match BB&N won. Some standout performances include those of co-captain Elizabeth Kelly ’11, who won 6-1, 6-2, as well as Borkeny Sambou ’12, who won 6-3, 6-1. Two of the doubles teams won their matches 8-2.

Katharine Lee ’13 had a standout performance, winning in a third set tiebreaker. Vladimirova said, “Katherine [Lee] was playing at number one and her match went to a third set tiebreaker. She had to work to get to the third set and by the time it was all done she was the last one on the courts. I was impressed by her composure and ability to come out with a tough victory. It was a great start to what I am sure is going to be a great season for her.”

The team looks to be in great shape after their first victory. Lee said, “I love the team already because all the players are so positive and supportive.”

Coach Debbie Chase said, “The girls competed hard from start to finish in some tough tennis conditions—unrelenting wind! A great start!”

The team, composed of three seniors, two uppers, two lowers, and two juniors stepped up to win their first match of the season.

After taking BB&N by storm, the varsity tennis team looks to Groton, their next match, which is to be played next Monday. They will be playing at home again and are ready to repeat their performance from this week’s match.

Chase said, “It was an important first win for us today.” After beginning on a good note, the team looks forward to a great season, always keeping in mind their ultimate goal of the New England Championship.