In a busy and exciting week, the Marcellus girls tennis team played three times, twice getting beat by highly-talented opponents.
The Mustangs went up against Cazenovia last Monday and picked off a couple of matches, but still took a 5-2 defeat to the Lakers.
Both points came in doubles, where Grace Hunt and Mary Kate McHale worked past Grace Gara and Taylor Mimms 6-3, 7-6. Emily Hennigan and Renee Poullott put together a 6-4, 6-4 sweep over Edie Connor and Sally Langan.
Only once did the Mustangs get close in singles, as Holly Grosholz took Sienna Lints to three sets before falling 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Haley Randall and Audrey Cerrone both lost in two sets, while in doubles Tierney Clark and Ricky Maxon stayed close in a 6-4, 7-5 defeat to Ava Gurney and Natalie Roszel.
From there, the Mustangs went on to rout Jordan-Elbridge 7-0 on Thursday afternoon. In two contested singles matches, Randall beat Morgan Conroy 6-1, 6-0, while Grosholz managed a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Emma Stanton.
In the four doubles matches, the teams of Hennigan-Poullott, Hunt-McHale, Alexandra Burrows-Telsea Fey and Genevieve Rao-Katherine White lost just two total games in eight sets of play.
This intense week culminated on Friday with a close battle against one of the Mustangs’ biggest rivals, Skaneateles, and though Marcellus got close, it still took a 4-3 loss to that other group of Lakers.
Randall, in first singles, came from behind to beat Makenzi Herbst 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, but Grosholz and Cerrone both lost in straight sets, leaving it up to the doubles sides.
Marcellus could only manage a split, though. Hunt and McHale handled Liz Belinski and Angela Krouse 7-5, 6-2, while Clark and Megan Charles got past Maura McNeil and Maddy Pinkney 6-2, 7-6. Hennigan and Poullott fell to Grace and Kathryn Magee 7-5, 6-2.