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Girls tennis Lakers repeat as Class C sectional champs

Skaneateles completes 13-0 season, blanks Sauquoit Valley

Thirteen opponents tried this fall to upend the Skaneateles girls tennis team, and none of them could pull it off.

As a result, the Lakers are Section III Class C champions once again, completing its perfect 2013 run with an impressive 5-0 shutout over Sauquoit Valley in Friday's sectional tournament finals at Utica Parkway Courts.

Skaneateles, the top seed, never dropped a single match in the sectional tournament, blanking no. 9 seed Watertown IHC 5-0 in the quarterfinals and no. 5 seed Manlius-Pebble Hill 5-0 in the semifinals during its first two rounds of competition.

Now, though, the Lakers had to leave Austin Park and head to Utica. Waiting was Sauquoit, the no. 2 seed who had turned back Little Falls and Clinton in a pair of 4-1 matches to get this far. Thanks to Skaneateles, though, the Indians would go no further.

All of the singles matches followed a similar pattern. Katelyn Ellison, Angela Krause and Olivia Gage would surrender games, but not lose control of their matches.

Ellison had the quickest match in first singles, beating Ella Brutsky 6-1, 6-3. Krause rolled through second singles with a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Dana Bever, while Gage completed the singles sweep by working past Tanya Brutsky 6-4, 6-2.

Those points alone would have meant a sectional title, but Skaneateles also had a pair of strong doubles sides that were even more impressive than the singles trio.

In fact, Makenzi Herbst and Grace Magee did not drop a game in their first doubles match, roaring past Sauquoit's duo of Maiah DeGeronimo 6-0, 6-0. To top it off, Elizabeth Belinski and Alaina Davis gave the Lakers a 6-0, 6-3 sweep over Isabella Arrigo and Kira Biran.

This all started with last Tuesday’s quarterfinal against no. 9 seed Watertown IHC. Even a 24-hour rain delay could not deter the Lakers as it blanked the Cavaliers.

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