September 24, 2013
Topping Trojans earns sectional berth for CHS
The Cortland High girls’ tennis team is headed to the post-season.
Coach Bob Walrath’s squad improved to 6-5 in the OHSL Freedom Division and overall Monday afternoon with a 5-2 win over host Homer Central.
“With the win we qualified for team sectionals,” Walrath said. “A goal of ours was to work to be competitive in our matches at the beginning of the season. The girls have found a way, despite injury and illnesses, to compete above that bar.”
Purple Tigers senior Anna Millar, who came back last week after an illness forced her out of the lineup, improved to 5-1 at third singles with a 6-5, 6-4 win over Trojans freshman Katie Mercer that gave her team an insurmountable 4-1 lead. “Anna fought her way back from being down 4-0 in the second set to reel off the final six games,” Walrath said of Millar. “She appears to be playing at 100 percent health, which is great for us.”
Senior Iva Markicevic was CHS’s other singles winner, improving to 5-3 with a 6-4, 6-1 second singles win over Homer senior Carly Dove, Ut was just the second loss in nine singles matches for Dove this season.
Juniors Delaney Marshall and Jennifer Wang scored their first win of the season at first doubles for Cortland, downing Trojan juniors Christine Han and Sara McNamara 6-3, 6-2. Cortland junior Lyuda Levitskaya and sophomore Jackie Phillips are 2-0 at second doubles after beating senior Sarah Wilsey and junior Shannon Spencer from Homer 6-2, 6-3.
The Purple Tigers’ third doubles duo of senior Caitlin Little and junior Chickie Artis also won for the first time this season outlasting Trojans junior Hilary Luety and sophomore Victoria Shevchuk 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (11-9).
“Chickie was our Hustle Award winner for this match,” Walrath said. “The whole team played with high energy but Chickie stood out with her individual performance.”
Homer senior Rachel McNeil improved to 6-3 with a 6-4, 6-2 first singles win over Cortland senior Annie Steve.
“Rachel really played well , especially up at the net,” Trojans coach Nancy Cavellier said, her team now 4-6 in the league and overall. “I was glad to see her come on strong after a 3-0 deficit in the first set.”
The hosts’ other point came at third doubles, where junior Lydia Brown and sophomore Maddie Jennings downed CHS seniors Kasey Francis and Morgan Plunkett 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (10-8) to improve to 5-3 this season.
Cortland hosts Mexico in a pro-set doubleheader Wednesday starting at 4:30 p.m., while Homer visits Chittenango the same day at 4 p.m.
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