Yaghmaies Finish Incredible Season with a State Championship Win

Taylor Yaghmaie and Devon Yaghmaie after winning their State Championship Title.

Abby Wexler, Editor-in-Chief

On June 7, 2017, the unimaginable happened for Stamford High freshmen Devon Yaghmaie and Taylor Yaghmaie: they won the Doubles State Tennis Championship and made history. On June 6, 2018 they made it to the state finals again, but they unfortunately fell short and lost in a three set match in a tiebreaker during the last set.

This year, for the Yaghmaie twins, losing was not an option. The Yaghmaies went into their junior season more determined than ever. Taylor said, “Losing last year really affected me. I was not losing again. Devon and I worked incredibly hard in the off season to insure a great regular season and great postseason as well.”

A great regular season is an understatement for what they achieved. They went 16-0 for the regular season, beating rivals Staples (6-3, 6-2) and Darien (6-1, 6-0). To everyone, they were unstoppable.

When it came to the postseason, they unfortunately had a gap in their playing that other teams of their caliber didn’t. Since Stamford High Girls Tennis did not make the FCIAC tournament, the girls were not allowed to play for a title in the FCIAC conference. Other teams that they needed to compete against got to practice and play real matches as experience going into the state tournament, an advantage the Yaghmaies did not have.

The Yaghmaies did not let this disadvantage get to them at all, however. Taylor said, “Devon and I were disappointed and frustrated that we do not even have the opportunity to play for a conference championship. Our competition also had an advantage in playing each other before states, preparing them better. We couldn’t change that though. We just practiced our hardest in preparation for states.”

Their preparation payed off. The Yaghmaies were first seeded going into the state tournament. Their first seed placement also made them the team to beat going in.

The Yaghmaie twins made it known they were the first seed for a reason and that there was no way they were going down without a fight. They beat North Branford in the first round and Bethel in the second round, both 8-0. They went into the sweet 16 against an FCIAC opponent, the second doubles team for New Canaan. They beat them as well, getting them into the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, they faced the second doubles team for Daniel Hand from Madison, beating them 6-1, 6-0. They were flying through the state tournament. After their quarterfinal victory, their revenge from last year came earlier than they thought it would, in the state semifinal. Even though it was a different team than the one they lost to last year in the state final, beating Staples High School in the state tournament was a victory they wanted so badly. And victory is what they got. They got a 6-2, 6-4 win against their rivals. Devon said, “Staples is always our toughest match of the season so going in and playing them again we had to be focused and play hard. They push us hard, but we knew there was no way we were losing. We were so determined. It made getting to the final feel even better by getting past them first.”  

Even better than the win against their rival, they made it to the state championship for the third year in a row.

Devon and Taylor got their title back June 5, 2019. They beat out opponents Daniel Hand 6-1, 6-3 in an amazing victory. By winning the state championship, they finished their season undefeated at 22-0. Devon said, “It felt really good to win and get the title back after losing in the state final last year. We worked super hard this year to get where we were and to finish the season with a perfect record and giving up no sets– it was an incredible feeling. I am still in disbelief.”