WESTFIELD, NJ — For the first time since 2010, the Westfield High School girls tennis team has won a sectional championship.

The top-seeded Lady Blue Devils defeated second-seeded J.P. Stevens, 4-1, in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 tournament final on Monday in Westfield.

“Overall, I’m very happy with the team’s performance,” said Westfield head coach Matthew Varhley. “Both doubles teams are starting to look very comfortable. It was a great win against a great team. I give J.P. Stevens a lot of credit and congratulate them on a great season.”

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Westfield (16-3) won its fifth match in a row in rather comfortable fashion. At first singles, Westfield’s Sophia Montero defeated Lauren Sun in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5. The Blue Devils’ Natalie Zelechowski got past a tough first set en route to a 7-5, 6-0 victory over J.P. Stevens’ Emily Hsieh at second singles. At third singles, Katey Peretz of Westfield beat Shriya Upadhyay, 6-4, 6-0.

J.P. Stevens got a point at first doubles after Vatsala Bahal and Shubhi Upadhyay defeated Westfield’s Annika Vesuna and Madison Wright, 4-6, 6-3, (10-3). The Blue Devils’ Mia Fleming and Payton Silverman topped Anesha Santhanam and Harini Kanna, 6-4, 6-2 at second doubles.

While Westfield was excited about the victory, Varhley knows there is more work to be done.

The Blue Devils want to continue to play strong tennis as it goes for a Group 4 state championship.

“While the team is excited about the victory, the team has their sights on playing competitive in the Group 4 state tournament,” Varhley said.

The team’s mindset is rather simple.

“Play one ball, one point and one game at a time,” Varhley added. “Play long points and limit the errors. Winning a state championship is the furthest thing in our minds right now. We just want to play good tennis.”

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