October 21, 2008
Purple trio, Trojan all reach semifinals
Rich Barnes/contributing photographer
Homer Central’s Jean Martinez opened up sectional play with a victory Monday to reach the Division III semifinals.
Three players from Cortland High and one from Homer Central advanced to their respective semifinals Monday in the Section 3 Individual Tennis Championships.
Purple Tigers senior Jaimee Robertson, seeded sixth in Division II singles, beat Jamesville-DeWitt’s Joanna Wu 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals at Utica’s Parkway Courts and then downed third-seeded Beck Price from Camden 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. The CHS first doubles team of junior Courtney Tennant and senior Molly Bramschreiber, seeded third, bested Mexico’s Emily Casbeer and Rebecca Clark 6-1, 6-0 and then were victorious over Bartlett and Olney from Whitesboro 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
In Division III, Homer’s Jean Martinez was a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 singles quarterfinal winner over Hilary Fenner of Skaneateles at Drumlins in Syracuse.
Robertson and the tandem of Tennant and Bramschreiber will compete in the semifinals starting at 10 a.m. Friday at Gold’s Gym in Liverpool. They have also all qualified for the state qualifier starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at Eastside Racket Club in Manlius.
“Jaimee played so much more near her capabilities,” Cortland coach Bob Walrath said of Robertson, now 11-7 on the season. “She has got to feel good about her efforts. I’m excited for the way she played and just manhandled the pressure out there. She played the matches just like it was a practice. She had lost to Price in team sectionals (7-5, 0-6, 7-5). She served, returned serve, turned defensive situations into offensive opportunities and stayed the course, taking what both of her opponents gave her.”
Tennant and Bramschreiber improved to 6-2 with their two victories, avenging a 7-5, 6-3 regular-season loss to Casbeer and Clark in their first match Monday. “Courtney and Molly played consistently strong the entire match,” Walrath said. “They turned the tables very quickly from being on the defensive to going on the attack.
“They never let Bartlett and Olney get their footing under them, taking the match to their side of the court. They were so aggressive at the net, and on their penetrating groundstrokes their opponents couldn’t ever relax.”
Cortland’s second doubles team of senior Taylor Warren and junior Maggie Reagan lost to McCoon and McCoon of Camden (no first names reported) 7-5, 6-4 to finish the season at 5-2, while the third doubles pair of juniors Lisa Martin and Danielle Payne wound up a 12-3 season in a 6-3, 6-0 loss to top seeds Erin and Megan McPeak from Chittenango.
“I’m proud of Taylor and Maggie’s efforts,” Walrath said. “A couple of bounces here and there proved to be the difference. They took the match to their opponents, playing aggressively throughout. Lisa and Danielle played hard throughout their match; there wasn’t any giving up.
“I couldn’t be happier about all of our individual efforts. Each person did their job. The advancing players will need to bring that play and 10 percent more to the courts on Friday. If they do, whatever the outcome I’m convinced they’ll represent the team and school well.”
Martinez, a junior, improved to 9-3 on the season with her victory and will also compete in the state qualifier on Saturday.
“Jean is the third seed in the Division 3 sectional tournament,” said Homer coach Nancy Cavellier. “She received a bye in the first round. Jean was slow during most of the match; however, by the third set, we finally saw what she’s made of and she will be playing in the semis.”
The Division III Tournament will resume at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Drumlins.
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