May 25—STONINGTON — Top-seeded Sarah Hage of Waterford won a pair of matches on Monday to advance to the singles semifinals of the Eastern Connecticut Conference girls’ tennis tournament at Stonington High School.
Hage, a freshman, will face No. 5 Sarah Ericson of Norwich Free Academy in Tuesday’s semifinals at 3 p.m. Ericson rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 4 Addy Smith of Woodstock Academy in the quarterfinals.
The other semifinal matchup will feature 2019 champion Maddie Hamm of Stonington, the No. 2 seed, against No. 6 Autumn Brothers of Waterford. Brothers upset No. 3 Julie Mielguj of Fitch 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters.
In doubles, top-seeded Katherine Johnstone and Ekaterina Snegovskikh of Stonington will face No. 5 Nidhi Somineni and Nitya Somineni of Waterford in one semifinal match while No. 2 Jen LeBlanc and Michelle Liu of Waterford will face No. 6 Erin Motherway and Emily Fulling of Stonington in the other semi. Motherway and Fulling beat No. 3 Alissa Li and Ella Arustei 6-2, 6-3 in the quarters.
In the boys’ tournament at Killingly, there will be an all-East Lyme semifinal in one match with top-seeded Sujesh Kurumbail facing No. 12 Benji Tan, who upset No. 5 Stefan Chernvenkov in the first round and No. 4 Ian Straub of Fitch in the quarterfinals.
Stonington’s Tucker Callahan, the No. 2 seed, awaits the winner of No. 3 Julian Mileski of Ledyard and No. 6 Wesly Paulo of New London, whose match didn’t finish because of darkness.
Top-seeded Guillem Colom and Rohan Purohit of East Lyme will play No. 12 Michale McBride and Ryan Mignosa in one doubles semifinal, while No. 6 Ben Fieldsend and Ronan Allison of Ledyard will play the winner of No. 2 Tim Lynch-Aidan McLean of Fitch and No. 7 Ayush Mishra-Jiarui Peng in the other semifinal.