Both the Canandaigua and Palmyra-Macedon girls tennis teams are in good shape heading into individual and team sectionals. The two teams are coming off Section 5 team championships in 2012 and are looking to defend their titles.
The teams met in a non-league match to close out the regular season on Thursday, and the Braves picked up a 7-0 win.
"Pal-Mac is an extremely tough team with a very strong tennis tradition," Canandaigua coach Dave Ducharme said. "We knew it was going to be a very close match. Even though it's 7-0, we had many three-set matches and it could've gone either way really. We're pleased with the win for sure, it's a good way to go into sectionals."
Canandaigua's Amy Smith defeated Pal-Mac's Megan Doyle at first singles, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2; Alyssa DeMott defeated Corin Deloge at second singles, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3; Monica Morgan defeated Erin Graham at third singles, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; and Amy Jennings defeated Carly Vecchiotti at fourth singles, 6-0, 6-2.
The Braves' team of Chloe Karnisky and Libby Roberts defeated Kendall Jones and Cara Graham at first doubles, 6-1, 7-6 (5); Margaret Osborne and Caroline Sharza defeated Sam Donatello and Victoria Reid at second doubles, 6-4, 6-1; and Era Gjonbalaj and Linda Coleman defeated Michaela Corey and Nancy Nguyen at third doubles, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.
Karnisky and Roberts lost only one match this season.
Canandaigua (9-5) graduated six players from the Class A championship team, including first singles player Jordan Johnson.
"It's all mental, I think," Smith said of Canandaigua's strong season. "Footwork, staying positive and just mental toughness with the help from our coach."
Pal-Mac coach Tane Robinson liked the way his team competed against Canandaigua. The Red Raiders are used to playing in Finger Lakes matches where only five matches take place, as opposed to seven in Monroe County. Robinson played for Ducharme when he was a student at Naples.
Pal-Mac (9-3) clinched its fifth straight Finger Lakes East League title earlier this week. The Red Raiders won a Section 5 Class B championship last fall.
"I think we all support each other," Doyle said. "I have to give coach credit too. We just have fun and we all help each other out."