Girls’ tennis champions 2022

The Stowe High School girls’ tennis team won the Division 1 state championship for the second year in a row last Wednesday. The top-ranked girls beat No. 2 South Burlington at home 4-3.

Sitting on the hill overlooking the Stowe High School tennis courts last week, it was easy to get mesmerized, lulled into a trance by the rhythm of balls being slowly lobbed back and forth on three separate courts, fuzzy green spheres making moonshot arcs from baseline to baseline by players too weary and cautious after splitting two sets to take a chance at a kill shot, trying hard to stay focused when the only sounds were the metronome of felted rubber meeting nylon and hardcourt, a light breeze and the arrhythmic cackles of birds in the courtside trees.

Hanging suspended in that silent tension was the sense that the fate of the Division I girls state tennis championship rested on the results of those three simultaneous tiebreak sets.

Girls’ tennis champions 2022

Kate Tilgner returns a shot against South Burlington in what would be the clinching match in the Raiders’ repeat championship.

Girls’ tennis champions 2022

The Stowe girls are all smiles and cheers and they hoist their second straight D-1 state championship trophy.

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