The Dublin tennis program is designed to support competitive tennis players on a range of personal and athletic development from novice to competitive to high-performance. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to provide the training, exposure and academic rigor to allow high-performance athletes to compete at top-level D1/D3 universities. Students have the unique opportunity to couple a rigorous and respected college-preparatory educational program with a full range of high school and USTA tennis competitions.
Dublin's coaching approach is based on a four-part strategy to maximize potential. The program is designed to ensure that tennis-athletes develop the following foundational skills which are essential to succeeding in a high-level tennis environment.
Technical - balance, posture and mechanical efficiency
Tactical - playing with a purpose using directionals, court position and spin
Physical - cross-training to develop a finely conditioned athlete
Emotional/Mental - working toward competitive maturity
Since the demands of college tennis are quite different from those placed on high school athletes, we also have structured our program to support student-athletes in preparing for the college experience. College athletics are demanding of both time and emotional energy. We further support prospective college athletes in developing the following skills which are critical to college happiness and success.
Learning to be a teammate.
The home of the tennis program is the on-campus, award-winning Horgan Tennis Center with four gorgeous all-weather courts. Clay and indoor courts are fully available to our high-performance players on a regular basis.
Athletic Director, Tennis Program Director and Head Coach
Paul Wardlaw coached the women’s team at Brown University for fourteen successful seasons after seven record-breaking seasons at the University of Iowa. At Brown, Wardlaw turned a stagnant program into one of the top programs in the region and nation, being named the 2009 ITA East Region Coach of the Year. Wardlaw’s formative coaching years took place at Kenyon College where his teams won three NCAA Division III National Championships in 1993, 1995 and 1997. Wardlaw earned Wilson/ITA Division III Coach of the Decade honors in 2001. Wardlaw is well known nationally and internationally for his tactical system called Directionals and for Pressure Tennis, his book that outlines a games- approach practice and training system.
Wardlaw is an expert in college recruiting and knows most of the current high-level D1 and D3 college coaches intimately.
Tom Cutone has coached tennis at all levels for over 35 years. He has served as the Director of Tennis at the Old Lyme Country Club for 25 years and has also coached at multiple clubs at Hilton Head, SC and Vero Beach, FL. Tom is a PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) National Tester; Certified Special Olympics Coach; has a USTA Umpire certification and was the #1 Ranked Doubles USTA New England Player in 1993. He was named the PTR Connecticut Pro of the Year in 2004. In addition to coaching at the Dublin School, he has formerly served as the Wesleyan University head tennis coach.
Girls tennis debuted at the Lakes Region Varsity tournament with a solid performance in singles and doubles. Junior Mya Kerwin lost to the second seed at #1 singles in a tight match. Leading most of the way, the match swung on a couple of points with Kerwin dropping the match 8-6. Amelia Pyron lost to the first seed at #2 singles, again leading most of the way before also posting an 8-6 score. At #1 doubles, senior Grace Harrington and sophomore Kusum Aryal ran through the competition before losing in the finals to Brewster's top team. Seniors Olivia O'Rourke and Jasmine Barrett at #2 doubles lost a quarterfinal heartbreaker to KUA with the match coming down to the last point. Dublin's impressive Lakes Region showing and improvement throughout the season is a testament to the leadership of our six seniors.
Boys tennis debuted at the Lakes Region Varsity tournament with an impressive showing in singles and doubles. Senior James Wolpe led the charge at #1 singles as he lost a tight match in the finals to KUA's #1. Sophomore Will Orr lost a tightly contested quarterfinal match after winning his opener in a tie-breaker. In doubles action, the #1 doubles team of Otto Vogel and Clint Macy had their semi-finals run come to an end against a game KUA doubles team. Kyle Greenberg and Will Armstrong also made it to the semi-finals at #2 doubles before losing to Brewster's tandem. Dublin's impressive Lakes Region performance capped off a stellar season for boys tennis and seniors Wolpe and Greenberg.
Senior day proved to be a capstone match for the Wildcats as they defeated a game Winchendon side 6-3. Five seniors - Grace, Olivia, Jasmine, Rebecca, and Sophia - started the match off in doubles and staked Dublin to a 3-0 lead. In singles, Mya played well at #1 winning a tight 8-4 match. She was followed by Grace who finished strong in an 8-6 see-saw battle before Rebecca completed the scoring with a dramatic 8-7 (4) tie-breaker victory. Dublin 6, Winchendon 3.
Senior Day began with doubles highlighting senior Kyle Greenberg on court #1. Kyle and Will A jumped out to an early lead and finished with an 8-2 victory. Otto/Clint also recorded an 8-2 win with Ozzy/Eric coming from behind to secure an 8-6 win at #3 doubles. Dublin 3, Cardigan Mt. JV 0. Senior James Wolpe played well in the feature match on court #1 with his aggressive attacking style creating numerous errors in an 8-3 surgical win. Will O, Kyle G finished the singles scoring for Dublin in our final home match of the year. Tim B, Nic A, and Aaro V played valiantly in singles losing tight matches at 4, 5, & 6 singles. Dublin 6, Cardigan Mt JV 3
On a perfect spring day, Dublin completed a 7-2 win over Proctor's JV squad. Mya/Amelia, Kusum/Grace, and Jasmine/Rebecca played well in claiming quick doubles victories. Dublin 3, Proctor JV 0. Mya, Kusum, Jasmine and Sophia each won in singles. Highlights include Sophia's come-from-behind victory at #5 singles and Jasmine's clutch performance at #4 singles where she rallied from a 5-3 deficit to secure an 8-5 win. Dublin 7, Proctor JV 2.
On a perfect spring tennis afternoon, Dublin managed a clinical 8-1 victory against a young Holderness JV squad. Mya/Amelia made quick work at #1 doubles followed by Sophia/Rebecca's 8-2 win. #2 Olivia/Jasmine completed the doubles sweep with an 8-4 score. Singles followed suit with Mya, Kusum, Amelia, Grace, and Olivia dominating their opponents. Laura battled well but couldn't capitalize on her early lead and fell in a see-saw match 9-7. Dublin continues playing well as they prepare for the upcoming Lakes Region tournament.
Cushing came to town on 5/4 with their JV squad. We mixed up our line up to give everyone a chance to play. Will O. led the team at #1 singles giving us a victory along with #2 Kyle G, #4 Will A. , #5 Eric G. and #6 Nick N. Up for a challenge, Ozzie C. played the #3 singles spot. He played hard to the end but came up a bit short 6 – 8. Our doubles teams of #1 Otto V. / Clint M. , #2 James W. / Aaro V. and #3 Nick A. / Tim B. all came through with victories to give us a 8 – 1 victory. Good job guys!
Unfortunately when we arrived at Cardigan Mtn is was raining. Having to move indoor to the super fast rubberized surface proved to be the factor. The guys just couldn’t find the timing but they battled the best they could in a 6-3 loss. James W had the big serve going giving his opponent too much to handle with a 8-3 win. Will O, Otto V., Kyle G and Will A where all within a break away to stay in the match but couldn’t quite seal the deal. Clint M was thinking this surface is so fast I could ski on it. Winning 2 out of the 3 doubles gave us a strong finish and a good ending to a great experience for the guys. Nice job guys!
April 29th was Mountain Day for Dublin meaning the whole school climbed Mt Monadnock. After watching the team performance against VT Academy after the big hike I think we should have Mountain Day before every match! Each match was very competitive and fun to watch. In singles, James, Will O, Kyle G, and Clint M gave us an early 4-0 lead. Otto soon followed with another win giving us a 5-0 lead and the team victory. Will A fought to the end but couldn’t hold on to complete the singles sweep. The doubles teams of James W./Will O., Otto V./Clint M. and Kyle G./Will A. dominated their matches to give Dublin the 8-1 victory. Great job by everyone!
Tilton varsity provided boys tennis with the perfect opportunity to gauge our midseason form. #1 doubles Will O/Clint M recorded the first Dublin point with a dramatic 8-5 win. The #2 and #3 doubles teams fought hard but couldn’t hold court. Tilton 2, Dublin 1. Clint M and Kyle G scored come from behind victories in the #2 and #3 singles spot to put Dublin within striking distance. Tim B at #6 rallied for an exciting 8-6 win to finish the Dublin scoring. Will A playing the #4 singles spot was up an early break but couldn’t hold on losing 8-6. Eric G playing #5 struggled to get a rhythm losing 8-2. Otto V couldn’t quite hold off their #1 singles player losing 8-2. While a 5-4 loss, boys tennis showed they can compete at a high level. Great job team!
Proctor provided stiff varsity competition on Saturday but Dublin was more than up to the task, pushing their opponents to the brink and ultimately falling 6-3 in a see-saw battle decided by a handfull of points. Proctor took an early lead in singles with quick wins at #5 & #6 singles. The 1-4 singles matches came down to the wire with Amelia securing an 8-4 win at #2 and Kusum a similar 8-4 win at #3. Grace lost an 8-6 nailbiter which came down to the last deuce point. Proctor 4, Dublin 2. Needing to sweep the doubles, Dublin got on the board first with #1 Mya/Amelia completing an 8-2 win. Grace/Kusum played well in losing a heartbreaker 8-6 at #2 doubles. Final score - Proctor 6, Dublin 3
It was a SOLID showing by the girls at Winchendon. The #1 doubles of Mya/Amelia, #2 Rebecca/Laura and #3 Sophia/Jasmine all played quality matches to get the team off to a 3-0 lead. Kusum got the singles matches going with a 8-0 win. It was a very special day for Sophia, Jasmine and Laura who all recorded their first career tennis victory! The singles play of Mya and Olivia clinched the team victory with 8-3 and 8-6 wins. Toni had a tough battle but couldn’t hold on in the end. Grace's 8-3 win was the match of the day highlighted by a 20 ball rally. Amelia finished the day with a shortened match with a 6-3 win. Great job by everyone!
Opening their season on the road, Dublin girls tennis battled a veteran New Hampton squad, losing a competitive 7-2 match. Amelia Pyron secured Dublin's first point with a clinical 6-3, 6-0 win at #2 singles. Pyron and Mya Kerwin teamed for a decisive 8-3 win at #1 doubles to complete Dublin's scoring. Grace Harrington adjusted well and almost rallied, dropping a 6-1, 7-5 decision at #3 singles. Antonia Bean and Sophia Torvinen lost 8-5 in a tight match at #3 doubles. The Wildcats travel to Tilton for their next match.
Boys tennis welcomed New Hampton to Dublin's varsity tennis complex by sweeping all three doubles and all five singles matches for a decisive 8-0 win. The doubles teams got off to a great start with the teams of James Wolpe/Otto Vogel, Tim Bernard/Nick Negulescu, and Aaro Virtanen/Will Wroble securing their matches for a 3-0 lead. Eric Gu got the singles going early with a decisive 8-2 win. Tim Bernard, Clint Macy and James Wolpe were soon to follow with victories as Kyle Greenberg and Ozzy Conway completed the last two matches just as snow began to fall. Great job by all!
Boys tennis opened their season at Kimball Union Academy.
Playing a 12 player format to ensure maximum participation on opening day, the Wildcats dropped a close 5-4 match with KUA. Dublin's top court dominated the singles play winning four of the six matches. KUA's depth proved the difference with a sweep of the three doubles matches. Senior James Wolpe led the singles charge with an 8-3 win at the #1 spot. Sophomore Will Orr provided a disciplined 8-1 victory at #2 singles. Freshman Clint Macy secured his first high school win with a surgical 8-3 win at the #4 position. Sophomore Nic Anzalone completed the Dublin scoring with a solid 8-5 win at #5. The match was an excellent tune-up for our veterans and provided our new players with their first taste of high school tennis.
Boys 2018-2019 Schedule
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Girls 2018-2019 Schedule
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