October 27, 2021

High School Tennis – Homer gains first win; Cortland improves to 3-0

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Homer's Ellis Han returns a shot in her second singles match against WestHill. Han posted 6-1, 6-3 win over Sophia Frost.

The Homer Central girls’ tennis team bounced back from an opening season road loss Tuesday to Manlius-Pebble Hill with a thrilling 4-3 OHSL Liberty American Division victory over visiting Westhill Thursday on the high school courts.

The Cortland High girls’ tennis team improved to 3-0 this season with a solid 6-1 SCAC Empire Division victory at Syracuse West.

Homer 4, Westhill 3:
The Trojans (1-1 league and overall) earned the win on the strength of three singles victories and a win at second doubles. Westhill slips to 3-2 in league and overall action.

“How exciting to see the spark and drive to win tonight from our girls,” Homer coach Nancy Cavellier said.
Marlena Kruman got Homer going with 6-3, 6-4 victory at first singles over Grace Lesselroth. Ellis Han posted 6-1, 6-3 win over Sophia Frost at second singles. Lydia Sujkowski completed the sweep with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Mikayla Carroll at third singles.

“Marlena had a competitive match tonight coming from behind in the second set for the win,” Cavellier said. “Ellis at second singles moved her opponent around, exactly what we’ve been working on at practice for the win. Our fourth winning point came from Lydia. She’s just learning the game at a quick rate and tackles one point at a time.”

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer.

Homer’s Marlena Kruman returns a shot during the Trojans’ tennis match Thurs- day. Kruman posted a 6-3, 6-4 victory at rst singles against Westhill’s Grace Lesselroth to help Homer win the match, 4-3.

Sienna Haskins and Brynne Peck helped account for the fourth team point with their 6-2, 6-3 win at second doubles over Delaney Carroll and Hannah Johnston.

“Sienna and Brynne moved their feet with quick hands at the net for the third overall team point,” Cavellier said.

Westhill got its three points in doubles competition. Sophie Langdon and Bridget Thornton earned a 6-3, 7-6 (7-0) tiebreaker victory Ali Heyer and Allison Thompson at first doubles. Madison Thomas and Kaley Richmond were 6-4, 6-2 winners at third doubles over Abby McLaughlin and Charlotte Wallis.

Jillian Eckert and Isabel Dickinson-Cominolli recorded a fourth doubles win over Madelyn Cotterill and Emily Barber 6-0, 6-1.

“Despite the loss at rst doubles, Ali and Allison are fun to watch and are knocking at the door for a ‘W’,” Cavellier stated.

Homer is back in OHSL Liberty Division action with a 4 :30 p.m. match at Bishop Grimes.

Cortland 6, Syracuse West 1:
The Purple Tigers got wins from Lexi Zacek over Carol Soavelo 6-2, 6-1 at first singles and Jordan Vail 6-3, 6-1 over Kyra Caraballo at third singles.

Cortland swept the doubles matches. Kayci Olson and Pearl Hettich defeated Elizabeth Soe and Gaydoh Soe 6-2, 6-1 at first doubles. Sadie Urtz and Julia Guest were 6-0, 6-0 winners over Madison Reynolds and Yusra Khazaleh and second doubles. Heather Decker and Lelyzaveta Antonova took third doubles by downing Nyein Mu and Steniya Emery 6-0, 6-0. Arianna Defranco and Ellen Conlon won by forfeit at fourth doubles.

The lone Syracuse West (0-2 over- all) win came at second singles. Amor Williams won the first set 6-4 with Lindsey Bush coming back in the second set 7-5. Williams won the third set 11-9 in a 10-point tiebreaker format.

Cortland will return to the courts this afternoon with a 4:30 p.m. SCAC Empire Division home match