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Randall wins sectional Division III tennis singles

Marcellus, West Genesee duos each advance to finals

Marcellus girls tennis singles player Haley Randall, left, and coach Ryan Thayer celebrate Randall’s 6-4, 6-3 victory over Skaneateles’ Katelyn Ellison Thursday at Liverpool High School, which gave Randall the Section III Division III title. Randall did not lose a set in any of her matches during the tournament.

Marcellus girls tennis singles player Haley Randall, left, and coach Ryan Thayer celebrate Randall’s 6-4, 6-3 victory over Skaneateles’ Katelyn Ellison Thursday at Liverpool High School, which gave Randall the Section III Division III title. Randall did not lose a set in any of her matches during the tournament.

During a full week of post-season competition involving many local girls tennis players, Marcellus would see its top singles player, Haley Randall, win the Section III Division II championship by rolling in straight sets against all of her tournament opponents.

Randall, the no. 2 seed in singles, had an easy time of it in her early rounds at Utica’s Mott Courts, routing Angela Krause (Skaneateles) 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals and then shutting out Mexico’s Kristen Albright 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals.

And that led to Thursday’s final at Liverpool High School against another Skaneateles opponent, Katelyn Ellison. They had split their regular-season meetings, but here Randall would rule, taking the first set 6-3 and clinching the title with a 6-4 victory in the second set.

Moving to Division III doubles, the Mustangs’ team of Grace Hunt and Mary Kate McHale, also a no. 2 seed, survived a pair of three-set matches to get to the championship round.

After dismissing Jordan-Elbridge’s Sam Bates and Amber Corgnell 6-0, 6-0, Hunt and McHale got pushed to a third set in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 decision over the Skaneateles duo of Liz Belinski and Alaina Davis. Then it fell behind Cazenovia’s Edie and Lucy Connor in the semifinals before rallying to pull out a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory.

This set up yet another Marcellus-Skaneateles sectional final, as Clark and McHale ran into Makenzi Herbst and Grace Magee, whom they beat in one of two head-to-head matches this fall. Here, though, Herbst and Magee dominated the match, prevailing 6-0, 6-2.

Elsewhere, Audrey Cerrone and Tierney Clark handled Claire Lashinger and Esther Mazor (Clinton) 6-2, 6-3 in the round of 16, but fell one round short of the state qualifier, unable to hold an early lead in a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 loss to South Jefferson’s Elisabeth Roberts and Austin Stevens.

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