WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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going 21-0, Caitlyn's magic melted when she experienced her first stunning defeat. Second doubles, who won 6-2 in the first set but lost 6-7 in the second, was now in the spotlight. Coach Brazier recalled that after the second set Pooja and Gabby looked beaten, awaiting their demise. But incredibly, for a second, critical time, second doubles res- urrected themselves, rallied, and won the last set and match, 6-2, keep- ing Wellesley alive. Three days later in the fifth playoff match against Westford Academy, Coach Brazier predicted it would be another 3-2 decision. But who would win? While Ashley and Anna both breezed to win in straight sets, second doubles fell short. Unbelievably, Caitlyn suffered a devas- tating, second-straight loss, dropping to 21-2. This time it was first doubles time to shine. Gabby Clifford and Julia Wilson won 6-1, 7-5, thereby propelling Wellesley to the Division I state title match against Nashoba Regional High School. June 15, 2016, was a hot day in the upper 80s. The last thing Coach Brazier wanted was to repeat what happened seven years earlier. Ashley quickly won straight sets, finishing her senior year 24-0. She was UMass-bound, a varsity team walk-on who would eventually be awarded a D-I scholarship. Her sister in the adjacent court achieved a commanding 6-2 first set victory against a strong opponent. Next door a dramatic battle featured Anna who had injured her shoulder during the semi-finals. Principled and proud, Anna silently fought through her plight. Because she couldn't swing her arm above her shoulder, she was relegated to underhand serves, hits and returns. After some dis- puted calls and dropping the first set, 1-6, she dug in, ignored the pain, started hitting the ball overhand, and went up 4-0. Anna eventually lost the match, however, on a disputed point. Meanwhile, second doubles lost in straight sets while first doubles was engaged in a hard-fought, see-saw match that went to three sets, 134 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 Two Inches to Perfect B O T T O M P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F D E B B I E A V E R Y

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