MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Rain hasn’t spoiled Lauralton Hall’s run to a Class M state championship in tennis. The Crusaders started their title run with a pair of indoor wins Monday and Tuesday. The program has potential to be a state power year in and year out.
Every match this season has ended the same way for the Lauralton Hall tennis team, added up to an undefeated 22-love record.
“Never, ever dreamed that we would have an undefeated season,” said Ferguson.
“I knew since the first week of tryouts and I met everyone, I said ‘this is going to be our year.'”
After Tuesday’s win over New Fairfield, the Crusaders are two team wins away from a perfect season and a Class M state championship.
“They want to do this,” said Ferguson. “They want this and they’ve worked really hard to get here.
It’s been a special kind of year for Maureen Ferguson’s team. Lauralton Hall was expected to be competitive, but there was a little uncertainty after changing conferences. A regular season and conference tournament title later, they’ve made the move from the SWC to the ultra-competitive SCC look easy.
“It’s definitely not easy,” said
“Never, ever did we think we would be as successful as we are,” said Ferguson.
Depth, commitment, coaching, and talent are big reasons why this group has become the number one team in the state. They’re enjoying the moment, even when things don’t go right.
“Last week I volleyed one into the back of her head.”
“That part of it and the fun aspect of it is one of the most important things to us,” said the coach.
“We smile through everything.”
The Crusaders now have to wait for everyone else to catch up. Their semi-final opponent, who still is to be determined, hasn’t even played its first round match yet.