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Girls tennis Northstars beat Liverpool, 6-1

Decisive win was C-NS's third in as many days

In back-to-back matches, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls tennis team earned victories by a single point.

But when the Northstars played for the third time in a 48-hour span, no tension was required as it beat rival Liverpool Wednesday afternoon by a 6-1 margin.

The key was that C-NS swept all four doubles matches, the closest coming when Jessica Francati and Brittany Wilson needed three sets to get past Leann Hofstead and Kiki Palmer 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.

Elsewhere, Richelle Brousseau and Bethany Wicks blanked Julie Pento and Megan Reilly 6-0, 6-0. Kathy Nguyen and Hannah Simmons claimed a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Sara Noll and Monica Johnson, while Melanie Nguyen and Meg Tully topped Jackie Decker and Hailey Evert 6-4, 6-2.

Up in singles, Liverpool got its lone point when Katey Padden breezed past Kristina Inthirakot 6-1, 6-4. But C-NS’s Brooke Murphy countered with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Nicolette Hamilton and Stephanie Reynolds handled Hannah Foster 6-4, 6-0.

To start this busy stretch, the Northstars used a clutch doubles performance from Francati and Wilson to secure a 3-2 victory over Rome Free Academy. They trailed early in their match against Geri Edwards and Holy Hash, only to rise up and prevail in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

This complemented Inthirakot, who won in singles over Amanda Kekic 6-1, 6-2, and Reynolds, who routed Kristina Ciaccia 6-1, 6-0. Murphy lost to Jordan General 6-3, 6-2, as Simmons and Kathy Nguyen fell to Alexis Bravo and Lauren Iacovissi 7-6, 6-3.

Another close match followed, against Central Square on Tuesday, but a key doubles victory helped the Northstars edge the Red Hawks 4-3.

Nguyen and Simmons trailed Brianna Grimes and Madison Perkins after losing the first set 6-3. But they rolled through the second set 6-1 and, by securing the third set 7-5, clinched the team honors.

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