Londonderry Lancers Girls Tennis '09

Londonderry 7, Winnacunnet 2

MANCHESTER — The Londonderry girls tennis squad might have fallen just short of its ultimate goal, but it’s obvious the program that won one match two years ago is on the right track.
Facing defending state champion Bishop Guertin at the Derryfield School in yesterday’s Division 1 state final, the Lancers just missed winning their first tennis title, dropping a 5-4 decision.
More than just their first title. No local girls team has won a state title in the 38-year history of the tourney.
Londonderry (14-3) became the first team this season to win four matches against the Cardinals, who finished 17-0 for the second straight year. In fact, the Lancers, who dropped a 6-3 regular-season decision to BG, were the only team to win as many as three against the Cardinals, who shut out six opponents and won five other matches 8-1.
“We knew it would be close,” said Londonderry coach Tom Meighan, who guided the Lancers to a semifinal appearance last year. “We played a better match (yesterday) than we did the last time we played them. This year, we’ve taken it to the next step.
“Our expectations (entering the season) were very high. I really thought we had a chance to be one of the top one or two teams. I thought I had something very special.”
Meighan had a pair of special freshmen at the top of his lineup in Ana Milosavlijevic, who rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Jennifer Dal 8-5 at No. 1 singles, and Cassie Burbine, who remained undefeated with a dominating 8-0 victory at No. 2.
“I just try to do what I can with my singles, and that’s all I can really do,” said Burbine, who was unbeaten in singles and doubles in the regular season and playoffs. “I just try to get my wins for the team. We have a lot of underclassmen, so we have to work hard and hopefully get back to the state championship again a little stronger.”
Londonderry’s other victories were in the top two doubles matches when Burbine and sophomore Amanda DePasquale won 8-1 and Milosavlijevic and Erica LeBlanc won 8-6.
Windham’s Julia Filler, a senior, played a major roll in BG’s win, claiming an 8-1 victory at No. 5 singles and teaming with Alison Murphy for an 8-3 win in the clinching No. 3 doubles.
At No. 6 singles, Cassandra Cronin was involved in the day’s most exciting match against Murphy, who defeated the Londonderry sophomore 8-1 in the regular season. Cronin rallied from a 3-0 hole and trailed 7-6 before overcoming two match points to tie the score. Cronin, however, lost the final two games.

Bishop Guertin 5, Londonderry 4
Division 1 Championship
Singles: 1. Ana Milosavlijevic (L) def. Jennifer Dal 8-5; 2. Cassie Burbine (L) def. Katie Wong 8-0; 3. Lauren Hayward (BG) def. Amanda DePasquale 8-5; 4. Elisabeth DiCesare (BG) def. Erica LeBlanc 8-1; 5. Julia Filler (BG) def. Amanda Merck 8-1; 6. Alison Murphy (BG) def. Cassandra Cronin 9-7
Doubles: 1. Burbine/DePasquale (L) def. Dal/Hayward 8-1; 2. Milosavlijevic/LeBlanc (L) def. Wong/DiCesare 8-6; 3. Filler/Murphy (BG) def. Merck/Allysa Boccia 8-3
Records: Bishop Guertin 17-0, Londonderry 15-2

Big 3
The future looks bright for Londonderry as freshman Ana Milosavlijevic (No. 1), freshman Cassie Burbine (No. 2) and sophomore Amanda DePasquale (No. 3) were a combined 38-4 in singles this year.

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