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Sunday’s school roundup: Ashley Avery wins South girls’ tennis final

Martha’s Vineyard’s Elizabeth Williamson (above) teamed with Victoria Scott to win the South doubles.
Martha’s Vineyard’s Elizabeth Williamson (above) teamed with Victoria Scott to win the South doubles.Robert E. Klein for The Boston Globe

For the first time in five years, someone other than Emma Davis will be crowned girls’ state tennis champion.

Wellesley senior Ashley Avery hopes to be the one, following her victory in the South singles final at Old Rochester on Sunday morning.

Avery, who lost to Davis in the South final as a freshman, found a different result this time. Committed to play tennis next year at UMass-Amherst, Avery took the court after a brief rain delay and defeated Foxboro’s Diana Prinos, 6-2, 6-2.

“I’m really, really excited,” said the top-seeded Avery. “I didn’t really know what to expect. In the first weekend, there were a lot of really tough players and I was like, ‘Wow, I’m really going to have to work hard.’ I didn’t take being the first seed for granted, I knew I still had to work hard for every match.”

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And work hard she did. Wellesley coach Alan Brazier had high praise for his senior’s development.

“She was a terrific player back then obviously, making it to the finals, but all over she has a more aggressive game now than she did then,” Brazier said.

In doubles, Martha’s Vineyard sophomore Elizabeth Williamson and freshman Victoria Scott secured a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Barnstable’s Taya Berler and Michaela Cornwall, who lost in the South doubles final a year ago.

“I can’t believe this is happening, it’s surreal,” Scott said.

In windy and misty conditions, the Martha’s Vineyard duo was able to shake off any nerves and settle into a nice groove, cruising to victory.

“We play them in season, so we had a little preview,” Williamson said. “But watching them yesterday, they’ve improved so much, and today we just came out here making sure we tried our best, and we had a great time doing it.”

Wellesley senior Ashley Avery unloaded on a two-handed backhand during her straight-set victory.
Wellesley senior Ashley Avery unloaded on a two-handed backhand during her straight-set victory.Robert E. Klein for The Boston Globe

Girls’ North — Burlington senior Ada Wiggins won her second North title in three years, coming from a set down to beat Concord-Carlisle’s Maggie Dorr. Wiggins, who also won as a sophomore, took this year’s title, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. The doubles final was a Middlesex League affair, with Winchester’s Izzy Bruno and Brooke Scully beating Reading’s sister team of Ellie and Ruthie Wilson, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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Boys’ South — The singles title went to Dennis-Yarmouth junior Camden Mazzoni, who beat Brookline’s Eliot Rozovsky, 6-3, 6-2. The doubles crown belongs to Brookline’s Josh Caplan and Drew McCarthy, who beat Barnstable’s Cooper Blaze and Cooper Hesse, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 6-3.

Boys’ North — Senior Matt Bellino returned to Amesbury after two years attending school and playing in Spain and Italy to win the singles title. The Siena-bound Bellino beat Weston sophomore Isaac Gorelik, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. The doubles was an all-Lexington affair, with Ethan Zou and Charles Wang beating teammates Charley Zhao and Ethan Housen, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-1.

The sectional winners advance to the MIAA individual championships June 18 at St. John’s of Shrewsbury.


Bob Holmes of the Globe staff contributed to this report.