By CHRIS BROOKS, sports editor, wellsvillesports.com
WELLSVILLE — The Lady Lions and visiting Avoca/Prattsburgh displayed some of their finest tennis on Friday. With a second doubles forfeit already in the wagon for the home team, the two foes would go on to split the four matches in action on the court, resulting in Wellsville remaining undefeated on the season with their ninth straight win in what was a 3-2 edging of the Lady Titans.
The Lady Lions (9-0) were led by a strong, resilient performance from Sarah Mattison at third singles, breaking through with a straight-set victory led by a resounding first set tiebreaking finish in a 7-5, 6-2 win over Alexis Fitzwater. To clinch match victory, they would gather one final win from their first doubles team of Caitlin Bittel and Hanna Miles, as they dominated play in a 6-0, 6-0 shutout over the team of Colleen Hammond and Ginny Savage.
Despite the loss, Avoca/Prattsburgh was able to garner two wins themselves in the top two singles matches, with Camryn Moore working her way through a first set tie break against Wellsville’s Meagan Riley at first singles, to coast towards a dominant finish in a 7-5, 6-1 win. Genevieve Dabby would work her way towards victory herself at second singles, outlasting the efforts of Samantha Bidzerkowny through a close first set and then a second set tiebreak to earn the 6-4, 7-5 decision.
Wellsville will have a quick turnaround this morning over the road at Wayland-Cohocton, beginning at 10 a.m.
1. Camryn Moore (A/P) def. Meagan Riley (WLSV), 7-5, 6-1.
2. Genevieve Dabby (A/P) def. Samantha Bidzerkowny (WLSV), 6-4, 7-5.
3. Sarah Mattison (WLSV) def. Alexis Fitzwater (A/P), 7-5, 6-2.
1. Caitlin Bittel/Hanna Miles (WLSV) def. Colleen Hammond/Ginny Savage (A/P), 6-0, 6-0.
2. Kelsey Seely/McKenna Wonderling (WLSV) by for.
Fillmore 3, Wayland-Cohocton 2
COHOCTON — Olivia Chiu, Kali White and Kristina Wilcox came away victorious in overwhelming fashion for the Lady Eagles of Fillmore on Friday, as they strolled their way towards victory to provide a sweep of all three singles matches to power up the team’s edging of host Wayland-Cohocton in a 3-2 edge.
Chiu was at the forefront of Fillmore’s (6-4) triumphant tenure in the singles department, as she soared past Wayland-Cohocton’s Pearl Walker with a 10-0 win in pro-set play. White and Wilcox would follow suit with dominant finishes themselves, with White garnering a 10-2 win at second singles, and a 10-1 win for Wilcox at third singles to claim match victory with the sweep.
Both victories for the host Lady Eagles would come via doubles action, as the first team of Virginia Carr and Aoife LeRoux battled tooth and nail strongly against Fillmore’s Emma Hopkins and Molly Mahoney to come away victorious with a 10-6 win. Finishing up the sweep of the department was a 10-3 second doubles win for Jaiden Coombs and Amaya LaPlant, as they defeated Kirra Bentley and Kira Morley.
Genesee Valley/Belfast 1, Cuba-Rushford 1
BELFAST — With the boys team having drawn a trio of deadlocks right in a row, the trend wound up continuing for Genesee Valley/Belfast. After a hard-fought 100 minute battle with visiting Cuba-Rushford on Friday, the two teams could not find their way into the back of the net one last time, as they settled on a 1-1 draw on Homecoming eve in Belfast — the first of the season on each side.
“Cuba is a really good team, and we knew they would show up with their best,” said GV/Belfast co-coach Duane Powers. “They threw a different look at us tonight, and that threw us through a loop for sure. Tara Duvall was outstanding in goal for them. She was a beast, and we created a ton of chances to try and put away, and she wound up stopping almost all of them with some phenomenal saves.”
Both goals were scored in the first 40 minutes of play, with Cuba-Rushford (4-5-1) finding their way onto the board first. Just past the 10 minute mark, Jen Tuttle provided the goal, finding the back of the net behind Ashley Burrows off a Riley Keller pass on the way into the zone to grab the lead.
But it wasn’t long after that Genesee Valley/Belfast (8-2-1) would provide a response to tie the game at one, ultimately for good. Adison Grusendorf would set up the team’s lone goal with a pass straight up the middle to Hannah Southwick-Powers, who without hesitation, would navigate it past Tara Duvall and into the net at the 17:08 marker.
That would be all for the scoring, despite numerous chances from that point all the way to the end, as both teams settled on their first draw of the year. Genesee Valley/Belfast went on to outshoot Cuba-Rushford by a 12-5 count, with Burrows recording four saves, while Duvall finished with 11 for the Lady Rebels, who will have a quick turnaround today with a 3 p.m. first kick back home against Canisteo-Greenwood.
Genesee Valley/Belfast is now off until Monday night back down the road at Judy Bliven Field, as they host undefeated Fillmore in a 4:30 p.m. contest in the Jungle.
Cuba-Rushford 3, Genesee Valley/Belfast 0
BELMONT — A predominantly strong start established and blossomed by the Lady Rebels of Cuba-Rushford was the ultimate difference maker on Friday in their trip to the Jungle, as they coasted their way towards a straight-set victory over host Genesee Valley/Belfast by a 25-14, 25-12, 25-10 count to hop back over .500.
The Lady Rebels (5-4) saw some strong service from the back line help fuel their offensive efforts, with Jacie Carney powering it behind a team-high seven aces. To go with her eight digs on defense, Lauren O’Keefe provided a spark herself in service, chipping in with five aces. At the front of the net, Lilah Stroud was a force, recording a team-high seven kills and one block to continue further the team’s cause.
On the other side, Genesee Valley/Belfast (0-10) was led by Madison McKenzie on defense, garnering six digs to pair with two kills and an ace, while setter Cassidy Hand dished out four assists to go with three additional kills and one ace.