When the Section III girls tennis tournaments got down to its decisive phase, Jamesville-DeWitt was guaranteed to earn the Division II singles title.
That was because the Red Rams’ Kyrin Pollock and Rea Puka both made the finals after early-round matches played last Monday at Syracuse University.
Pollock and Puka both had first-round byes and easily made it through the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Pollock blanked Whitesboro’s Sarah Palczynski 6-0, 6-0, while Puka had to work a bit longer against another Whitesboro player, Victoria Pellegrino, but still won 6-0, 7-5.
After a 24-hour rain delay, the J-D pair met in Thursday’s final at Liverpool, and it was never close. Pollock made all the shots and earned a 6-0, 6-1 sweep of Puka for the singles championship.
In doubles, J-D’s Hannah Stefl and Karly Platenik got to the semifinals before Broke Wills and Jamie Wallace (Mexico) topped them 6-0, 6-3. Two teams from East Syracuse-Minoa, Jeanine Kohler-Caitlin Underwood and Adisa Husejnovic-Jackie Moshier, lost in the early rounds, as did Samantha Lobello and J-D’s Elise Catania on the singles side.
Fayetteville-Manlius girls singles star Sienna Susko got past a familiar rival – Baldwinsville’s Kahlei Reisinger – on her way to the Division I singles title match.
As in their memorable Sept. 7 match where F-M’s long win streak ended, Susko came from behind, losing the first set to Reisinger 6-4, but dominating the second set 6-0 and claiming the final set 6-4. While that was going on, Meaghan Creamer and Shirley Zhang suffered first-round defeats.
The final on Thursday at Liverpool would pit Susko against Auburn's Claire Minnoe. It could not have started better for Susko, who tore past Minnoe 6-0 in the first set, but the Maroons' top seed settled down and earned a 6-0 decision in the second set and a 6-2 victory in the third set to deny Susko.