December 12, 2008
Spotlight shines on CHS tandems
Two Cortland High doubles teams were accorded first-team all-league honors in recent voting by the OHSL Freedom Division’s coaches.
Senior Lisa Martin and junior Danielle Payne were honored at third doubles, while at fourth doubles sophomore Inna Yanchuk and junior Monica Mo made the first team.
Erin and Megan McPeak of league co-champion Chittenango were voted the premier first doubles squad, while their teammates Brandyn McDermott and Tanya Czeisler were similarly feted at second doubles. The first-team singles players are Chittenango’s Jessica Antelmi, first singles; Claire Mooney of co-champion Jamesville-DeWitt, second singles and Chittenango’s Shelby Bogle, third singles.
The second team is made up of J-D’s Priya Gupta, first singles; Ami Petosa of Chittenango, second singles; Joanna Wu of J-D, third singles; Cassie Spencer and Ally Chalken of J-D, first doubles; Katie Cieplicki and Emily Luckette of J-D, second doubles; Annie Phillips and Stella Min of J-D, third doubles and Katheryn Hill and Abby Andrews of J-D, fourth doubles.
Honorable mention went to Cortland seniors Jaimee Robertson at first singles and Molly Bramschreiber at second singles, Fulton’s Kali Kearns at third singles; Cortland junior Courtney tenant and senior Taylor Warren at first doubles, Fulton’s Lindsay Navagh and Morgan Mirabito at second doubles, Chittenango’s Alex Kraus and Elizabeth Posthill at third doubles and Fulton’s Monica Gage and Megan Mahar at fourth doubles.
Purple Tigers coach Bob Walrath had the following comments on his first-team duos.
On Martin and Payne (9-1 in league play): “Lisa was our Most Improved Player for the year. Both she and Danielle went from supporting cast players to starters this season. Lisa was the more aggressive player while Danielle was the more consistent player. They gelled together nicely. They developed good fundamentals. Lisa and Danielle put in the extra time necessary to be their best and to learn to complement each other on the court. Good competitors, they set each other up for easy shots at the net. Both had perfect attendance for the season. They dug out some close matches by guts and determination not to fail or quit.”
On Yanchuk and Mo: (9-0 league): “Both Inna and Monica were new to the varsity this year. They had developed some good skill while playing on the junior varsity last year. As athletic as they both are, I kind of learned in many ways to just let them do their thing. As a doubles team Inna and Monica excelled at covering the entire court. There were very few balls hit that one or both of these two wouldn’t get their rackets on. They functioned as one unit out there, backing each other up. As with any good doubles team, they consistently won the big points in their matches. Inna and Monica just never gave up on themselves or each other.”
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