October 5, 2011
CHS doubles dominate, Homer rolls
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Maddie Dorwood returns a shot in first singles during Tuesday’s match with East-Syracuse-Minoa.
Cortland High depth was on display in Tuesday afternoon’s OHSL Freedom Division girls’ tennis matches.
The Purple Tigers swept all four doubles matches to emerge with a 5-2 victory over visiting East Syracuse-Minoa. The victory improved CHS to 4-6 on the season, all of those matches league affairs.
Meanwhile, Homer Central girls swept an eight-game pro-set OHSL Liberty Division doubleheader against visiting Jordan-Elbridge Tuesday afternoon, losing a total of just five games in a pair of 7-0 wins.
Cortland 5, East Syracuse-Minoa 2: After a couple of close matches against unbeaten tandems, the Purple Tigers’ first doubles tandem of Svetlana Yarmolyuk and Devon Tennant shared the team’s Hustle Award by beating the Spartans’ Cait Underwood and Erica Binion 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
“We continue to make huge strides in our doubles play,” said Cortland coach Bob Walrath, whose team improved to 4-6 in the league and overall. “After putting scares into undefeated Jamesville-DeWitt and CBA, we finally got the win against a good first doubles team. The win knocked Underwood and Binion out of sectionals; they came in at 3-3. Svet and Devon served well throughout and moved the ball around nicely.”
The Purple Tigers won all four doubles matches after having taken only eight victories in doubles all season coming in. Casey Rulison and Hannah Zhang clinched the match with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 second doubles win over Carly Eaton and Jacqueline Moshier.
Cortland was to host Mexico in a pro-set doubleheader today on Senior Night before visiting Chittenango on Thursday.
Homer 7-7, Jordan-Elbridge 0-0: The Trojans lost four games in the first match and only one in the second in improving to 10-2 on the season. Winning twice were Hannah Teter at first singles, Michelle Spencer at second singles, Laura Dart at third singles, the first doubles tandem of Rachel McNeil and Taryn Heath and the second doubles team of Danielle Howell and Carley Dove. Teeter, Spencer and the the tandem of Howell and Dove all won 8-0 in both matches.
Emily Canaski and Molly Gray won third doubles in the opener, while Tanya Priadoun and Emily Cottrill won fourth doubles. In the second match third doubles went to Angel Gizzi and Samantha Peckham, with Rachel Murray and Sarah Wilsey taking fourth doubles.
“These two wins benefited some of our girls qualifying for individual sectionals,” Homer coach Nancy Cavellier said. “But more importantly Tanya, Emily, Rachel and Sarah were part of our line-up. It’s great to see our up-coming players for next year get some experience and be successful.”
The Trojans are slated to host Marcellus this afternoon on Senior Night.
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