October 15, 2009


Red hot Trojans top CHS

Nothing seems to slow down Homer Central on the tennis courts these days.
Jean Martinez improved to 13-0 with her 6-0, 6-0 straight-sets win over Heather Sherwood to propel the Trojans to a 5-2 girls’ tennis triumph over visiting Cortland High in a Section 3 Class B sectional team tournament first-round match Wednesday.
Winners of eight straight, eighth-seed Homer (8-3) will now travel to top-seed New Hartford this afternoon. Ninth-seed Cortland slips to 8-6 overall, including dropping all three match-ups with the Trojans this season.
“Considering we’ve seen Cortland several times over the last few weeks, our girls saw some different opponents which was healthy and successful.” said Homer coach Nancy Cavellier after rolling into the quarterfinals. “This was a team effort tonight.”
“I guess you could say that Homer had our number this year,” Cortland coach Bob Walrath said. “We have been a case of an over-achieving team all year with the jumps people have had to make from last year to positions on this year’s team.
“We had our chances early on,” he continued. “To Homer’s credit, they played with more of a sense of urgency and wouldn’t be denied.”
In addition to Martinez winning at first singles, Sarah Dart (10-2) followed at second singles with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Marlyss Darrow.
Inna Yanchuk gave Cortland a point with her 6-4, 6-3 win at third singles over Lizzy Kniffin.
The Purple Tigers top singles player, Courtney Tennant, teamed with Maggie Reagan and notched the second Cortland point with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Hannah Teter and Michelle Spencer at first doubles.
The key match of the night was at second doubles where Homer’s Micala Hammond and Kendra Brown scored a crucial 7-5, 6-3 victory over Danielle Payne and Monica Mo — the winners overcoming a 2-5 first set deficit.
“I thought that the key match came at second doubles,” Walrath said in agreement. “Homer really stepped up to come back from 5-2 down in the first set to win the final five games. They continued to roll out to a 5-2 lead in the final set. Quite a feat for them considering my girls had just beaten the same team a few days ago.
“I don’t know why, but when Homer started to come back in that first set, we became very tentative” he continued. “Neither Monica or Danielle was able to step up and take back control. Things kind of got away from us the rest of the way.”
Homer sealed the match with two more doubles victories. Rachel Perry and Cayla Harnett downed Naomi Chappell and Nadia Skotsen 7-6 (with a 7-5 tiebreaker), 6-1 at third doubles. Laura Dart and Molly Gray closed it out with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Daisy Bush and Kim Cornell at fourth doubles.
“Rachel and Cayla were also down 2-5 in the first set,” Cavellier stated. “They came back to win in a tiebreaker and they won our fourth point.”
Walrath even made a little prediction regarding today’s Homer-New Hartford quarterfinal match.
“Homer has made some late season gains as a team from when we beat them in the tournament results,” he said. “They could give number-one seed New Hartford a real test today.”
Cortland will return to action Monday with it final Freedom Division match of the season hosting Jamesville-DeWitt.