On the heels of gaining the most wins in a single season, the Marcellus girls tennis team continued to blaze trails during the Section III Division III tournaments.
From a no. 3 seed, Haley Randall made her way to the singles finals. After a first-round bye, Randall won her quarterfinal match last Monday at Utica Parkway and, in the semifinals, fought past Clinton’s Samantha Makak in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
This pitted Randall against the top seed, Cazenovia’s Elizabeth Palmer, in Tuesday’s final at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Though Randall did get better as the match went on, Palmer still prevailed 6-1 in the first set and 6-3 in the second set.
More success was found in doubles by the Mustangs’ tandem of Renee Poullott and Emily Hennigan. After a pair of early-round conquests, Poullott and Randall ran up against Cazenovia’s Sally Langan and Edie Connor, prevailing in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
Now at F-M, Poullott and Hennigan went up against the Skaneateles sister tandem of Grace and Kathryn Magee, whom they faced during the regular season. After losing the first set 6-4, Poullott and Hennigan dominated the second set 6-1, only to have the Magees claim the title 6-2 in the third set.
Before all this, the Magees beat Westhill’s tandem of Bridget Sherlock and Phoebe Langdon 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinal round, just as Warriors singles player Katie Ferrara got eliminated in an earlier round. Marcellus’ doubles team of Mary Kate McHale and Grace Hunt lost in the early rounds, too.
Up in Division I, West Genesee’s doubles team of Samantha Heyn and Marisa Joyce emerged as finalists from last Monday’s opening-round activity at Syracuse University.
Starting out as the no. 3 seed, Heyn and Joyce beat Baldwinsville’s duo of Hannah Mautz and Kerry Quilter 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round before rolling past Hannah Simmons and Melanie Nguyen (Cicero-North Syracuse) 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.