Whenever it came to facing the might of Fayetteville-Manlius, the Liverpool girls tennis team had a reason to carry modest expectations, since most of the time it wouldn’t get close to earning a point against the Hornets.That changed a bit in last Monday’s match, with the Warriors twice breaking through in doubles, the first points the Hornets allowed all season, a bit of a moral victory even though F-M still won all of the singles matches and prevailed 5-2.Gabby Underwood paired with Julia Schewe, and they routed the Hornets’ Alexis Ahn and Emma Zogg 7-5, 6-1. Olivia Magnarelli and Crystal Morgans made quite a comeback in a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Trisha Adavikolanu and Angela Iskander. Geiwitz and Gabby Underwood both lost in singles, but Angelica Underwood made quite a comeback after a rough start to defeat Paige Tromblee 1-6, 6-0, 6-4.Moving to doubles, Kozenyatko and Schewe paired up to beat Audrey Benton and Hannah Guild 6-4, 6-2, while Magnarelli and Morgans held off Reagan Doan and Ella Tromblee 6-4, 6-4. The teams of Polhamus-Wallingford and Prusinowski-Sarah Watkins each lost in two sets.A 5-2 defeat to West Genesee followed on Thursday afternoon, with Geiwitz and Gabby Underwood pairing up to beat Alyssa Congel and Margaret Mello 6-3, 6-0, while Magnarelli and Morgans handled Katie Anson and Sophia Lowry 6-3, 6-2.But the Wildcats won every singles match, including a close battle that went to a third-set tie-breaker, Angelica Underwood falling to WG’s Angelina Llanos 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.At least Liverpool gained points against F-M – something that Cicero-North Syracuse could not do when it took it shot at the Hornets last Tuesday and fell to the Hornets 7-0.Cambrie Hibbard, in second singles, had an early lead on Iskander, but could not hold it in a 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 defeat. Krista Feeney did pick off a couple of games from Samhitha Adivikolanu in a 6-2, 6-2 loss.But C-NS did get into the win column Thursday, blanking Syracuse East 7-0. Feeney, Hibbard and Karly Williams each won singles matches, with the doubles teams of Sara Cartier-Olivia Cerio, Eve Campitello-Brooke Ten Brink, Angel Languaphay-Lauren Misco and Emily Pilz-Natalie Romano each winning in two sets.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story In the other doubles matches, Megan Polhamus and Kala Wallingford lost to Maya McKenzie and Camilla Wojtasiewicz 6-2, 6-0, with Sheridan Bryerton and Lea Prusinowski taking a 6-2, 6-4 defeat to Natalie Hugo and Brooke Tester.When Underwood took a turn in singles, she lost, 6-4, 6-0, to Phoebe Wang, with Diana Kozenyatko falling to Anna Manta 6-2, 6-2 and Kelly Geiwitz running into Samhitha Adavikolanu and having a 6-3, 6-0 loss.Liverpool had another chance to knock off a quality opponent when it faced Baldwinsville 24 hours later, but could not quite pull it off, taking a 4-3 defeat to the Bees. Tags: C-NSgirls tennisliverpool
PRESSURING CIRCUMSTANCES Three years ago Neil Harrison took the job as head coach at Kingston College (KC). This year, Harrison says he remains just as optimistic about winning that institution’s first ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships in almost eight seasons. The purples, with 31 titles overall, lead reigning champions Calabar High, who have swept the championships on five straight occasions since 2012. In this, Harrison’s third season, he is optimistic about breaking the Calabar dominance and, hopefully, winning KC’s first Mortimer Geddes trophy since 2009. “Things have been going well. We have been doing well all season, so I am very optimistic and I am hoping that come March 28 to April 1, we will rise to the occasion,” said Harrison, who feels his team could spring a secret weapon on the defending champions. “If it is a secret, then I should not say,” Harrison joked to The Gleaner, while stressing that he is under no pressure to deliver that long-awaited title. “Quite honestly, there is not any pressure per say. If you have gone two seasons, and you have not been victorious, then you would want to really get a victory. At least one out of three would be satisfactory, and I think we have the material to get the job done,” explained the coach. In what could be pressuring and gruelling circumstances for KC athletes over the five days of competition, Harrison is hoping his charges will stay injury free. “I am just hoping that we stay healthy and that we rise to the occasion come that day, but we are physically, mentally charged and ready to go,” he assured. The team will be captained by Kary McLeod and his vice, Shane Buchanan. They will be joined by sprint standout Jhevaughn Matherson, who, though not team captain, could show some leadership. According to Harrison, KC has prepared and used the development meets as a yardstick to measure their strengths; now it is just to go to the championships and perform at their best. Speaking of leaving former champions Munro College (where he stayed for 17 years) for KC, Harrison had no regrets, but visits home every weekend. He said he was not mindful of critics of KC. “You have to actually be in the Kingston College family to actually understand the KC family. At KC, looking outside and being inside are two totally different scenarios,” Harrison said.