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F-M, J-D, MPH tennis stars win sectional titles

Goldberg, Susko survive doubles; Pollock, Clarkson are singles champs

Though it had yet another Section III Class A team title secure, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis team did not have as easy a time of it in the aftermath.

During the the sectional Division I tournament at Liverpool High School, just one Hornets side made it all the way to the finals – the doubles team of Laurin Goldberg and Sienna Susko – but they finished on top in the most dramatic match of the entire week of sectional play.

From a no. 2 seed, Goldberg and Susko did not drop a game in either of its first two matches against Meredith Chesare-Kelly Skinner (Oswego) and Lauren Dusse-Taylor Slink (Baldwinsville), and rolled to 6-0, 6-3 semifinal victory over another Bees duo, Taylor Ferrari and Natalie Kot.

Back at Liverpool on Thursday, Goldberg and Susko went up against West Genesee’s top-seeded duo of Samantha Heyn and Marisa Joyce. After losing the first set 6-4, Goldberg and Susko won the second set by that same margin, and dragged the third set into a long tie-breaker.

Two points from defeat, Goldberg and Susko pulled through, broke Heyn and Joyce’s serve, and then won that tie-breaker 9-7 to take the final set 7-6 and earn the sectional title.

In Division II, where Jamesville-DeWitt took residence, Kyrin Pollock was never challenged on her way to the sectional singles championship.

It sarted last Monday at Utica Parkway Courts, where Pollock, the top seed, breezed past Carisma Cherukuri (New Hartford) 6-0, 6-0 and Rachel Markle (Oneida) 6-1, 6-0 to reach the semifinals, and then blanked Markle’s Oneida teammate, Connie Froass, 6-0, 6-0.

Not able to play the final against Whitesboro’s Tori Pellegrino until Thursday, Pollock didn’t let the delay affect her one bit, routing Pellegrino 6-1, 6-0 for the championship. Pollock lost just two games in the entire tournament.

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