Tennis teams sweep to sectional championships

Everywhere one looked, a local boys tennis team was busy piling up the points and earning the top spots in various Section III tournaments.

Fayetteville-Manlius (Class A), Jamesville-DeWitt (Class B) and Christian Brothers Academy (Class C) all motored to the top of their respective classes in their own unique ways.

In the case of the Hornets, its perennial domination of Class A continued with a 58-point effort that allowed F-M to outdistance runner-up Baldwinsville (40 points) and 15 other squads for the championship.

Matt Izant, working in first singles, beat Adam Doherty (Fulton) 6-2, 6-3, then took out B'ville's Matt Funicello 6-0, 6-2 before beating Corcoran's Chris LaPort 6-1, 6-0 in the title match.

Mike Muraco dominated second singles for the Hornets. He beat Jake West (Fulton) and Dylan Lazovik (Rome Free Academy) and dropped just four games along the way before shutting out Liverpool's Mike Schneider in a 6-0, 6-0 final.

Alex Martin came within a single match of making it a total F-M singles sweep. After beating Kajuan Smith (Corcoran) 6-2, 6-2 and Matt Randall (Oswego) 7-5, 6-1, Martin ran into Utica Proctor's Dana Giannandrea and lost a 6-4, 6-1 decision.

Vikram and Vivek Nayar went after the first doubles title. The Nayars got past Ron McMurray and Trevor Bellanger 6-2, 6-3, but needed three sets in the semifinals to stop Ryan DeAngelis and Dan Salme (Liverpool) 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.

Perhaps fatigued, the Nayars lost to Greg Dietz and Eric Tressler (West Genesee) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the finals. Shay Chen and Andrew Thomas lost in its opening match.

East Syracuse-Minoa had Daryl Johnson fall to LaPort 6-2, 6-0 in first singles, with Ken Boddie and Dino Omerovic falling in the first round. Derrick Pontillo and Chris Ashe lost a 10-4 doubles decision to Jim Howe and David Novitzki (Cicero-North Syracuse).

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