Girls tennis Lakers repeat as Class C sectional champs

Skaneateles completes 13-0 season, blanks Sauquoit Valley

The Skaneateles girls tennis team.

The Skaneateles girls tennis team.

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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