SHREWSBURY - Acton-Boxboro showed talent across the board, and no ill effects from a marathon EMass final the day before, in gaining a well-played 5-0 victory yesterday over Algonquin in the Division 1 state girls' tennis final at Shrewsbury High.
Acton-Boxboro, with freshmen at first and third singles, finished with a 20-1 record. Algonquin finished 20-1.
"I honestly didn't think they'd be as good as they were, but Algonquin played very well," Acton-Boxboro coach Mike Gardner said. "I thought we'd go right through the singles, and we did. The doubles was iffy, but we hung in there. Our kids played very tough, especially coming off a really difficult match with Needham [3-2 win]."
Leading, 2-0, Acton-Boxboro clinched the match with a gritty win at first doubles. Laura Donovan and Brianna Dickie upended Haley Bourke and Britt Kelly, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. Prior to the conclusion of this match, Kirsten Boyer topped Stephanie Hom at second singles, 6-3, 6-3, while Nithila Asokaraj defeated Megan Kasetty at third singles, 6-2, 7-5.
Acton-Boxboro also got wins at second doubles from Ali Nord and Vidhya Mathiyazhagan, who defeated Christina Hays and Jenn Pigott, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, while Amy Li beat Mikaela Stamas at first singles, 6-2, 6-4.
Division 2 - Winchester beat Notre Dame Academy in last year's Division 2 state final and snapped the Rebels' unbeaten streak at 84 matches. So what did Notre Dame do this year? Started a new streak, of course.
The Rebels had it going for 20 straight matches until running into Winchester - again - in yesterday's final at Clark University in Worcester. And the Sachems, who lost just one player from last year's team, again beat Notre Dame, 4-1, to cap their second straight unbeaten season (23-0).
Winchester coach Christine Chiminello, the 1988 state singles champion while at Melrose High, is in her first year with the Sachems.
"It was a wonderful season," she said. "We had expectations, but every day we just played our matches and hopefully did well. I talked to them about doing their best and having fun. I'm happy to see them repeat. It's not easy."
Notre Dame senior Emily Marr defeated Jackie Lionetta, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 1 singles to give Notre Dame its only win.
"I was prepared for her," Marr said. "I knew she is really aggressive at the net, she likes to come up almost all the time. I felt totally prepared and that's why I was able to take an early lead."
Winchester's superb No. 1 doubles team of Melissa Lin and Lesley Signor beat Kelly Leonard and Lindsay Harrington, 6-2, 6-1, to get the Sachems on the board.
Vera Papisov and Maria Arshanskiy defeated Abigail Egan and Marisa Campanale, 6-3, 7-5, in the No. 2 doubles match and Yenny Hsieh beat Caroline Massarelli, 6-1, 6-1, in No. 3 singles.
Winchester was planning to celebrate its title with a stop at Kimball's in Westford for ice cream.
"The best ice cream in the world," said Chiminello.