November 28, 2021

Trojans’ Mercer plays on

UTICA — Homer Central’s Katie Mercer isn’t done playing tennis yet this fall.

Mercer won two of three matches Monday in the Section 3 Individual tournament at the Utica Parkway Courts to finish among the top four singles players in Division 2. She opened with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Maya Padula of New Hartford and then downed Nicole Duegaw of Whitesboro 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 before falling 6-1, 6-0 to top seed Sarah Corasanti from New Hartford.

Mercer takes a 5-4 record into the Section 3 State Qualifier a week from today at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse.

Each of the Trojans’ two doubles teams won one match before being eliminated. Molly Burhans and Madison Baker beat Laura Manns and Hannah Snell from Watertown 6-2, 6-1 before losing to the Jamesville-DeWitt duo of Natalie Alweis and Katie Tsivanis to finish the season at 6-2. Marlena and Catarina Kruman wound up a 6-3 campaign, outlasting Camden’s Kaidyn Hawkes and LeRyiah Buckingham 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) before losing to top-seeded Jungyun Kim and Maya Pollock from J-D 6-0, 6-0.

Homer’s other two singles players also finished their season with first-round losses. Brooke White fell to Oneida’s Samantha Lusher 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to conclude the season at 6-5. Rachel Crompton wound up 9-3 after a6-3, 6-0 loss to Alexzha Garcia from Indian River.

“It’s so tough to see Brooke and Rachel playing their last matches for us,” Trojans coach Nancy Cavellier said. “They’re two young ladies who have been leaders and instrumental in our successes.”