September 15, 2011
Trojans top Caz in clash of unbeatens
The impressive start for Homer Central girls continues on the tennis courts.
Behind another sweep in doubles competition, the Trojans rolled to a 5-2 OHSL Liberty Division home court win over previously undefeated Cazenovia on Wednesday afternoon.
While improving to 4-0 in the division and overall play, Homer’s doubles tandems have a combined 15-1 record through the opening four matches this season.
Meanwhile, Cortland High dropped a 5-2 match to Syracuse CBA in OHSL Freedom Division play.
Homer 5, Cazenovia 2: “It was another test for our girls and they passed with flying colors,” Homer coach Nancy Cavellier said after beating the Lakers (2-1).
Katie Sinclair and Rachel McNeil got Homer off on the right foot with their 6-3, 6-2 victory over Olivia Bowser and Edie Connor at first doubles for their third win in four matches early this season. Carly Dove and Danielle Howell remained a perfect 4-0 after their hard-fought 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 second doubles win over Sienna Lints and Sally Langan. Molly Gray and Emily Canaski remained perfect as well after a 6-3, 6-3 triumph at third singles.
The Trojans’ fourth doubles spot remains undefeated at 4-0 as the rotating of Taryn Heath, Angela Gizzi and Samantha Peckham continued. Heath and Gizzi teamed up Wednesday for a 6-1, 7-5 win
“Katie and Rachel came out strong with Homer’s first point,” Cavellier said. “We’re constantly seeing these two improving and growing confidence on the court.
“The third point and possibly the turning point came from Carly and Danielle,” she added. “They played smart in the second and third set. Carly makes things happen attacking the net while her partner is the ‘steady eddie’. It works.”
As for those final two points it was a little nerve-racking for the coach.
“Molly and Emiily give each other encouragement,” Cavellier explained. “Staying positive made the difference and digging deep earned Homer’s fourth point.
“Angela and Taryn are fun to watch,” she continued. “Taryn loves the net and Angela is consistent. They’re just another great combination for the fifth point.”
Hannah Teter pulled out the lone singles win with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Laura Gregg at second singles, earning the second point of the match.
“Hannah really put her game together tonight,” Cavellier said. “I was proud to see her stroking the ball and believing in herself.”
Homer will return to Liberty Division action Friday as the Trojans host Pulaski for a 4:30 p.m. match.
Syracuse CBA 5, Cortland 2: CHS won two of the three singles matches, but that was it in the Freedom Division loss to CBA.
Junior Devon Tennant was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Evie Lopoo at second singles for the Purple Tigers, while at third singles junior Tanya Shevchuk improved to 5-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Meghan Boye. Tennant is now 2-2 in singles play this season.
The only match that went three sets came at fourth doubles, where sophomores Annie Steve and Marissa DeFranco saw their record evened out at 2-2 with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 loss to Trisha Maini and Elizabeth Sasser.
The Purple Tigers visit Jamesville-DeWitt Friday.
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