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Tennis Ace Seeks Another Double

Marie Gargiulo has one title. She wants two, again. "I am definitely greedy,'' the Weston High School senior says behind a smile. She is six wins away from wrapping up a brilliant tennis career in which she has helped Weston win four straight Class S team titles. Gargiulo and partner Emma Samson are the top-seeded doubles team in the State Open and are undefeated entering Monday's first-round match against South Windsor's Ariel Hovland and Olabisi Orisamolu.

Gargiulo played No. 1 singles as a sophomore at Weston and reached the third round of the State Open. She switched to doubles last year and won the Open final with Lindsey Gersh. The Weston pair defeated New Canaan's Alyssa Baker and Kimberly Glerum in the final in three sets.

"It was difficult to switch,'' Gargiulo says. "I had to choose, and I just really enjoy playing doubles." Gargiulo and Gersh breezed through the Open last year, not dropping a set until the final. In that one, the Weston players lost the first set 6-7 before winning the next two, 6-1, 6-3.

Gargiulo hopes to attain similar success with Samson, a junior. "I'm definitely excited,'' Gargiulo said. "Emma's my best friend, and it would be great to win a title with her."

After graduation, Gargiulo's tennis journey will take her to Storrs. She will play for the University of Connecticut next season. "The first time I went there, I was scared, I didn't like it at all,'' Marie says. "Then I went there again and I knew I was going there. I could see myself there. The second time we did an overnight trip and I got to visit the girls on the team. That's when I knew I'd fit in with them."

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