CVU tennis, lacrosse, baseball land top spots entering playoffs

Photo by Al Frey
It was a good day at the track Saturday for CVU runners Ella Whitman, Alice Larson and Jennifer Ireland who qualified for the New England Championships at the Essex Invitational meet. Whitman won the 3000 meter race and finished fifth in 1500; Larson finished second in the 1500 and 3000. Jennifer Ireland finished sixth in the 3000 and Caroline Hill placed second in the 200 meter race, and third in the 100-meter dash.

Four Champlain Valley Union spring teams were rewarded for excellent regular seasons with the top seed ahead of the start of the postseason.

With an undefeated season, the CVU girls tennis got the No. 1 seed and earned an automatic bid into the Division I quarterfinals, a good start as they chase yet another state title.

The Redhawk boys lacrosse team also earned the top seed and bye into the quarterfinals after finishing with a 14-1 record.

The CVU girls lacrosse team also emerged with a No. 1 seed and yet another bye into the quarters after wrapping up their best regular season in program history with a 14-2 record.

And then there is the Redhawk baseball team, that dropped only one game this season and earned the No. 1 spot in the D-I playoffs.

One thing is for sure, the CVU fans are going to be very busy this postseason.

GIRLS TENNIS
There is not much more to write about the Champlain Valley Union girls tennis team, with three straight D-I state titles and finishing the last three seasons with an undefeated record.

The Redhawks will try to make it four in a row when they kick off the D-I postseason today with a bye into the quarterfinals.

The 13-0 Redhawks will take on the winner of No. 8 Mount Anthony (5-3) and No. 9 Colchester (7-8). The quarterfinal match starts today at 3 p.m.

Stephanie Joseph, fresh off her individual singles title, will lead the team at the No. 1 singles spot, while Sophie Dauerman, Renee Dauerman, Kendall Blanck and Corina Gorman will likely take the other singles spots.

Maddie Huber and Jalen Murphy have recently seen time as a doubles group, while Riley Boucher and Julia Blanck have made the other doubles group.

BOYS TENNIS
The CVU boys tennis team wrapped up the season with a 8-6 record and the No. 9 seed in the D-I playoffs.

The Redhawks traveled to No. 8 Brattleboro on Tuesday and came away with a 6-1 win and a chance to play another day. They meet No. 1 Stowe today in the next round.

Leading the way in singles are Ivan Llonda and Josh Ashooh, who both had strong individual tournaments. Joe Warren and Brandon Bartlett will likely also take to the court in singles matches.

CVU’s doubles teams have been mixed-and-matched all regular season, with Ethan Lisle and Nathaniel Walker teaming up for a win in the final match, while Jonathan Walker and Peter Hyams make up the other doubles tandem.

The odd makeup of D-I boys tennis – all of the teams across the state compete in the same division – makes CVU’s opponent Brattleboro a bit of a mystery. With only one common opponent between them – St. Johnsbury – there is little to measure how the match will go. Both teams fell to the Hilltoppers 4-3, but CVU did earn a 4-3 victory in the first match of the season.

If the Redhawks can take down the Colonels, CVU will advance to face the winner of No. 1 Stowe and No. 16 Burr and Burton.

SOFTBALL
Two wins to end the regular season were enough to help the Champlain Valley Union softball team into the No. 12 seed in the D-I postseason.

Riley Canty has taken the ball as the team’s starting pitcher in every game this season so far.

Tuesday CVU faced a tough task with Colchester, which won 10 games in a row. The Lakers pitched nine shutouts so far this season.

The Redhawks lost to the Lakers in their only meeting of the season 23-2.

But CVU’s playoff run was cut short Tuesday in the first game against No. 5 Colchester (13-3). The Redhawks fell 10-0 ending their season at 6-11.

BOYS LACROSSE
The CVU boys lacrosse team’s push for a sixth straight title is off to a very solid start, with a 14-1 record to end the regular season and No. 1 seed in the D-I tournament.

CVU will play in the quarterfinals on Friday at 4 p.m., where they will face the winner of No. 8 Middlebury (7-8) and No. 9 Mount Mansfield (6-9).

The Redhawks have scored more than 10 goals in nine of their games – with the offense powered by Jake Schaefer, Walter Braun, Will Braun and James Bernicke.

CVU rolled through the first part of the season, winning 13 in a row. The team has hit a small snag in the final four games of the season, winning three of the games by just a goal and losing their first game of the season to Essex, 8-7.

Andrew Tieso will start in goal for the Redhawks, anchoring the defensive effort as the group looks to earn another state title.

GIRLS LACROSSE
The Champlain Valley Union girls lacrosse team just wrapped up the best regular season in the program’s history, finishing with a 14-2 record and the No. 1 seed in the D-I tournament.

The Redhawks will earn a bye to the quarterfinals on Saturday at 11 a.m., where they will face the winner of No. 8 BFA-St. Albans (6-7) and No. 9 Mount Mansfield (6-8).

Paced by Lydia Maitland and Bella Rieley, the CVU offense has scored 10 or more goals in all but one of their games. The only setback was a 18-7 loss to Hanover, N.H.

The defense, paced by goalie Ali Wainer, has allowed over 10 goals in just six games and hopes to ride the team’s success on both the offensive and defensive side to the program’s first championship game appearance.

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