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Chittenango tennis beats J-D; Oneida tops VVS

Consider the Chittenango girls tennis team as the new rulers of the OHSL Freedom division, earned in the best way possible.

All the Bears did was confront first-place, undefeated Jamesville-DeWitt Monday afternoon and put a stop to the Red Rams' seven-match win streak, mostly relying on doubles play to prevail 5-2.

Battle-tested through a crowded slate of matches that left them 8-2, Chittenango was set for J-D's challenge and didn't lose a set in any of those doubles matches.

Megan and Erin McPeak began the four-match doubles sweep, racing past Clare Mooney and Katie Cieplicki 6-2, 6-3. Right on their heels, Tanya Cziesler and Brandyn McDermott roared to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Joanna Wu and Aashi Massani.

Danielle Glasso teamed with Haley Landers in beating Hannah Stefl and Nina Williams 6-1, 6-3. In fourth doubles, Elisabeth Posthill and Kaleigh Kogel beat Elena Marchetti-Bowick and Stella Min by those same 6-1, 6-3 scores.

Up in singles, only Ami Petosa found the win column on Chittenango's behalf, needing three sets to get past Kyrin Pollock 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Otherwise, Sierra Sleight fell to Natalie Antosh 7-6, 6-4, and Shelby Bogle took a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Priya Gupta.

As this was going on, Oneida was beating rival Vernon Verona Sherrill 5-2 by following the Chittenango template, which included a doubles sweep.

To get it going, Kelcie O'Neil and Elizabeth Church-Peters gave the Indians a 6-1, 6-2 win over the Red Devils' tandem of Taylor Salamone and Jess Kingsley. Also, Chelsea Smith and Allison Patricia got past Jenna Flacco and Meg Crandall 6-4, 6-2.

In third doubles, Emily Fitzgerald and Shannon Lawless dominated Jessie Hyle and Amanda Emmerich 6-1, 6-0, while Brittany Buschatzke and Julie Saransky claimed a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Laura Strobel and Brooke Cavanaugh.

Oneida's lone point in singles came in a long match where Victoria Griffith edged Kaylee Rugg 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. VVS rebounded with Cailee McWilliams beating Samantha Meakin 7-5, 6-2, and Abby Adams sweeping Erin Lawless 6-3, 6-0.

Canastota also got into the win column last Monday, holding off Sauquoit Valley 3-2 by winning both singles matches.

Jennie Fratini topped Allison Scagel 6-2, 7-6, while Tracy O'Hern rallied for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win over Sammi Benn. The other point in doubles required a comeback, too, as Stephanie Patterson and Molly Campbell beat Katie Conley and Dana Bever 5-7, 6-4, 6-0.

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