DARIEN—For the second year in a row, a promising state tournament run for Darien girls tennis has been cut short.

Days after winning the FCIAC championship, fourth-ranked Darien defeated Southington in the first round of the Class L tournament.

After the event however, the school self-reported the use of a potentially ineligible player to the CIAC—Connecticut athletic’s governing body.

It was deemed that indeed, a Darien player had played in a match outside of CIAC play and the Blue Wave victory was forfeited.

“When a report like this is made, it is the obligation of the home school to investigate the matter and report back to the CIAC officials,” Darien Athletic Director Chris Manfredonia said in a letter to parents. “After doing our investigation and reporting the results to the CIAC officials, they ruled that there was a violation and as a result the team has been removed from the State Tournament effective this afternoon, May 30, 2017.”

A press release issued by the CIAC highlighted the by-laws regarding the use of an illegal player.

“When it is discovered that a team has used an ineligible competitor in a CIAC team tournament, the tournament game/match shall be forfeited,” the release outlined. “The team using the ineligible player will be disqualified from the tournament and that team’s last opponent will advance in its place. Teams eliminated prior to the last opponent will not be permitted to re-enter the tournament.”

Last season, as the No. 1 seed, Darien went through virtually the same situation after its opening match with Wilton.

With a conference title already in hand, and state championship aspirations dashed, Manfredonia offered kind words to the parents of the team.

“This is an unfortunate set of circumstances for our team,” the AD said. “Who has performed so admirably throughout the season.”

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