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Wayne Post
  • Girls Tennis: H-AC works overtime to earn sectional title

  • The Wolves need two days but take down Aquinas to win a team title.
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  • The Harley-Allendale Columbia girls tennis team defeated Aquinas 3-2 to win the Section 5 Class B title last on Oct. 23 at Brighton.
    The match, which started on Tuesday, needed to be decided on Wednesday due to darkness. The teams were tied 2-2 after the first day of play
    The Lil' Irish’s Elena Viscardi defeated Ava Sauer at second singles, 6-4, 1-6, 6-0, and teammate Kwinn Heston defeated Isabela Araujo at third singles, 6-3, 6-4. The Wolves’ points came in the doubles matches.
    The first doubles teams of Erin Brennan-Burke and Jessica Richard defeated Aquinas’ Vicki Gammons and Shannon Barg, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1. H-AC’s second doubles team of Lilah Shrier and Kate Bjorklund defeated Mo Elliott and Katie Carr, 6-3, 6-2.
    The first two sets of the first singles match were played on Tuesday, but the final set needed to be played on Wednesday. H-AC’s Kristina Benjamin ultimately defeated Autumn Hogan, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, to clinch the championship.
    The Wolves finish with a 7-6 record. Their last title came in 2011.
    “They grew as a team by playing tough matches against Mendon, Brighton, the Nichols School of Buffalo and being challenged every step of the way made them work so much harder,” H-AC coach Rajesh Singaravelu said. “The goal of the season was to win a team sectional title. They gave their all in every single one those matches, so when it came down to crunch time it just came together.”
    The Wolves reached the finals by defeating Palmyra-Macedon 4-1 in the semifinals. Benjamin defeated Megan Doyle 6-3, 6-4 at first singles for H-AC.
    The Wolves’ Ava Sauer scored a straight set win over Corin Deloge at second singles 6-1, 6-2. Isabela Aragjo defeated Erin Graham 7-6 (6), 6-1 at third singles to clinch the match for H-AC.
    Katie Bjorkland and Leila Shreier defeated Sam Donatello and Victoria Reid to give the Wolves a split at doubles, winning 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (6).

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