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Tennis players earn sectional titles, state tourney berths

Five local stars to compete this weekend at Eastside Racquet Club

— When the Section III girls tennis post-season switched from team to individual honors, local sides remained heavily present in all four divisions, and by the time a week of action was done, five of them were headed for this weekend’s state tournament at Eastside Racquet Club.

Christian Brothers Academy swept the Division III honors last Tuesday at Gold’s Gym in Liverpool. Olivia Messineo won in singles, dominating Daniela Henle (Marcellus) 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals before topping her teammate, Colleen Cavanaugh, 6-3, 6-0 in the finals.

Becky Scullin and Shilpa Kamani went to the top of the doubles division. They got past Emily Hennigan and Renee Poullott (Marcellus) 6-3, 6-1 and, in the title match, ripped to a 6-1, 6-1 sweep of Canastota’s tandem of Tracy O’Hern and Stephanie Patterson.

Jamesville-DeWitt monopolized the Division II singles tournament at Turning Stone Resort in Verona. Kyrin Pollock beat Whitesboro’s Colleen Moore 6-4, 6-1 and Rea Puka handled New Hartford’s Claire Hotvedt 6-4, 6-4, setting up a championship match where Pollock came from behind to beat Puka 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

The Red Rams’ doubles team of Natalie Antosh and Katie Cieplicki lost in the semifinals to Jamie Wallace and Broke Willis (Mexico) 7-6, 6-3. while in Division IV at Drumlins Bishop Grimes’ tandem of Amelia Heiselman and Erranan Shattuck fell to Abigail Cornell and Andrea Peters (Beaver River) in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.

They also held the Division I tournament at Drumlins, where Fayetteville-Manlius doubles stars Rhiannon Iorio and Carly Romano beat Madeline Bello and Colleen Morgan (Baldwinsville) 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals.

However, in the finals Iorio and Romano could not put away West Genesee’s duo of Samantha Heyn and Allison Theberge, falling in three sets 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. This came after Heyn and Theberge, in a third-set tie-breaker, got past Caitlin Welker and Jessica Guarino 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.

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