WG, Marcellus girls tennis earn early wins

Wildcats get 2-0 start; Mustangs beat Skaneateles

— Though wet weather created a fair amount of havoc to the early-season girls tennis schedule, teams from West Genesee and Marcellus both earned victories.

In fact, the Wildcats started 2-0, claiming a head-to-head win over the Mustangs 5-2 in non-league action before beating Rome Free Academy by that same margin.

Where WG hurt Marcellus was with a doubles sweep. Marisa Joyce and Allison Theberge started it, beating Emily Hennigan and Renee Poullott 6-4, 7-5, while Theresa Clark and Taylor Ginestro took out Holly Grosholz and Olivia Higgins 7-5, 6-2.

Rachel Gillett and Taylor Pepper fought past Marykate McHale and Genevieve Rao 6-3, 7-6, while Kelsey Abdo and Olivia Wolfram had a 6-3, 6-2 win over Grace Hunt and Rebekah Mullins.

Up in singles, Haley Randall put Marcellus on the board, beating Kayla Llanos 6-4, 6-2, while Colleen Stapleton got a 6-0, 7-5 sweep of Danielle Fofi. The Wildcats’ Samantha Heyn won in first singles, though, defeating Daniela Henie 6-1, 7-5.

Against RFA, four singles matches were played, and WG split them. Heyn beat Jordan General 6-0, 6-4, while Theberge got past Nicole Campbell 6-3, 6-2. Combined, the doubles teams of Clark-Ginestro, Abdo-Wolfram and Llanos-Caitlin Hawley lost just four games in six sets.

Still, Marcellus emerged from opening week in a happy mood because it beat top rival Skaneateles in a 4-3 decision on Sept. 1.

Henie, who beat Makenzie Herbst 6-1, 6-0, and Randall, who topped Alana Davis 6-1, 6-2, had no trouble in singles play, but two more points were needed in doubles after Stapleton lost to Katelyn Ellison 6-3, 6-7, 6-4.

Higgins and Grace Hunt got together to beat Elizabeth Belinski and Emily Call 7-6, 6-2. It came down to fourth doubles, where McHale and Rao had to go to a fifth set, but still had enough to beat Avery Bird and Julia Hern 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

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