Kingswood Oxford excels at tournament

Members of the Kingswood Oxford girls tennis team, from left, assistant Coach Shelby Smith, Chin, Zheng, Baron, Raymond, Garcia.

It was a fantastic day of tennis for Kingswood Oxford at the Coe De Villafranca tennis tournament at Kent School on May 11. Kay Chin ’24 of South Windsor won the No. 1 singles draw becoming the youngest player to ever win the top draw of this 40-year old tournament.

Chin defeated Loomis Chaffee in the semifinals and Andover in the finals. The previous youngest winner had been KO’s Dayna Lord ‘13, Brown University ’17 who won the event as an eighth grader. KO has won the No. 1 singles draw in ten of the past eleven years at this prestigious event: Dayna Lord in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, Melissa Lord ‘15, Stanford University ’19 in 2014, 2015, Lexi Kubas in 2016, 2017, and Kay Chin in 2019.

The great play was not limited to Chin. Captains Isa Raymond ’19 of Wethersfield and Molly Baron ’19 of West Hartford finished in second place in the doubles draw with wonderful wins over Loomis Chaffee and Kent as well as a great performance against Andover in the finals. This was only the fourth time in the past 20 years that a KO doubles team made it to the finals. Furthermore, Aimee Zheng ’22 of East Hampton was a semifinalist in the #2 singles draw with inspired play against Rye Country Day.

Coach Ron Garcia said, “I couldn’t be more proud of the team this year. They have consistently surprised me with their rapid progress and tremendos results. They are great teammates and are determined to compete with emotion every day. I truly enjoy each of our practices and matches.”

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