October 15, 2013
Homer’s Dove reaches Division II quarterfinals
UTICA — Homer Central senior Carly Dove was the only local player still active after the first day of the Section 3 Division II Girls’ Tennis Individual Championships at Utica Parkway Courts Monday.
Dove had her singles quarterfinal match with Tori Pellegrino from Whitesboro postponed until this morning due to the weather. She beat Cortland High senior Annie Steve 6-3, 6-7 (7-1), 10-4 in the first round — with a pro-set tie-breaker — and then swept by Central Valley Academy’s Kelly North 7-6, 6-3 in the second round to improve to 13-3 heading into this morning’s match.
The only other local singles player, Trojans senior Rachel McNeil, opened with a 6-4, 6-1 win over New Hartford’s Sinthuja Vigneswaran before falling in the second round to Elise Catania from Jamesville-DeWitt 6-2, 6-1 to finish the season at 11-5.
Two duos from Cortland High were involved in the doubles competition.
Juniors Delaney Marshall and Lyuda Levitskaya were 6-4, 6-4 winners over Fulton’s Anna Guernsey and Casey Shannon in the first round, then beat Jessica Hogan and Ashley Jackowski from Chittenango 6-4, 6-2 in the second round. Marshall and Levitskaya were eliminated in the quarterfinals by New Hartford’s Rachel Madden and Emily Steates 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 and finished the season at 9-5.
The Purple Tiger team of junior Jennifer Wang and eighth-grader Jackie Phillips were 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) first-round winners over Camden’s Samantha Brown and Elisabeth Wolff before losing to the Whitesboro tandem of Shannon Knapp and Madison Kosuda 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the second round to close out the season at 8-3.
“Annie’s match was the last of her high school career, and she gave it her all,” CHS coach Bob Walrath said of Steve’s close loss to Dove. “We’re going to miss her leadership on and off the court. It was nice to see our four players at doubles winning some matches in sectionals. They are all returning players for next season, and the gained experience is a huge plus for us.
“Any pressure that there was didn’t get to Delaney or Lyuda. They may have played their strongest match this season against the New Hartford girls,” added Walrath of his top doubles tandem. “They had very few errors while at the same time playing smart aggressive tennis. Jackie and Jen played two good matches. They couldn’t capitalize on the three match-point opportunities they had at 5-4 and 6-5 in the second set. As a result, they lost some focus down the stretch.”
With the season having ended with Monday’s results, Walrath noted that “Every one of these players won key matches for us during the regular season. They represented Cortland High and their families well.”
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