October 11, 2011
Trojans discover three is a charm
MARCELLUS — The Homer Central girls’ tennis team turned it around against Marcellus at the best possible time.
Having lost twice to the Mustangs by narrow 4-3 margins in the regular OHSL Liberty Division season, the Trojans turned the tables with a 4-3 win in the first round of the Section 3 Class B team tournament Monday afternoon.
“The third time’s a charm,” Homer coach Nancy Cavellier said, her team now 11-3 overall and having advanced to a Wednesday quarterfinal match at top-seeded New Hartford. “It was just an outstanding win for the girls, perfect timing. They were tired of losing to Marcellus and were determined to get the job done.”
The Trojans’ first point came from the second doubles tandem of Carly Dove and Taryn Heath, who beat Olivia Higgins and Tierney Clark 6-4, 6-2 for their second win in as many matches together this fall. The first doubles tandem of Rachel McNeil and Katie Sinclair downed Emily Hennigan and Holly Grosholz 6-4, 7-5 for the second point and are now 9-2 on the season.
“Carly and Taryn are quick at the net and know how to put the ball away,” Cavellier said. “Katie and Rachel had to work a little harder in this match, but were determined not to let it slip. As our doubles teams refer it, they did some ‘chopping’”
Michelle Spencer was the only singles winner for Homer, beating Colleen Stapleton 7-6, 6-2 at second singles to improve to 8-6. “Michelle just played so smart today,” Cavellier said. “She didn’t force play and stayed patient. Pulling out the close first set tie-breaker was huge.”
Molly Gray and Samantha Peckham earned the deciding point at fourth doubles, also winning for the second time this season 6-3, 6-4 over Genevieve Rio and Rebekah Mullins. Cavellier noted that “Samantha is an energizer bunny out on the court. She makes things happen and Molly’s composure was constant, but she would bring it on at crucial points.”
The Trojans coach also had kind words for Laura Dart, who fell to Haley Randall 7-6, 6-4 at third singles. “Laura played her best match,” Cavellier said. “I was glad to see her up at the net and stroking the ball.”
Homer was to visit Bishop Grimes this afternoon in a regular-season makeup match before Wednesday’s sectional contest.
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