STONINGTON — Stonington High's top singles player and No. 1 doubles team advanced to the championship matches of the ECC girls tennis tournament on Wednesday.
Freshman Maddie Hamm, the tournament's No. 1 seed, defeated Woodstock Academy's Mari Ruggeri in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-2. Earlier in the day, she won in the quarterfinals against East Lyme's Shauna Kim, 6-0, 6-0.
Hamm will face second-seeded Samantha Cote of Fitch in the title match at Stonington High at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Hamm is 20-0 this season. This is the fifth straight year a Stonington player will be in the title match. Gabby Dellacono, the state singles champion last season, won the previous three ECC titles. In the last two title matches, she beat teammate Charlotte Johnstone.
But Dellacono, who will be playing at Brown University next season, has not played this year due to an injury.
In doubles, Stonington's Cassie Onorato and Amelia Caron beat teammates Grace Milne and Mia Lewandowski in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-3.
Onorato and Caron, the tournament's top seed, are 19-0. A Stonington doubles team has won the title the last three seasons.
They will face East Lyme's Emily Zhu and Liz Beaulieu in the title match starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
— Keith Kimberlin