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WS competes in ITA Championships

Senior Amanda Slack advanced to the third round of the singles championship draw in the 2010 USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships held at the HWS Tennis Center and the Bristol Field House Sept. 25-27.

In the first round she defeated Paige Aiello of the College of New Jersey, 6-4, 6-4. In the second round, Slack cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over her New Paltz opponent Lindsey Garyn. Her run was ended by the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Frances Tseng from the University of Rochester. Tseng earned the victory in the third round by scores of 6-0 and 6-2.

Junior Joanie Hilton dropped a first round singles match to Liz Stachtiaris of New York University, 6-2, 7-5. In the consolation draw, she defeated her New Paltz opponent, Montana Wilson, 8-1. Hilton lost in the next round 8-4 to the University of Rochester’s Jamie Bow.

Junior Casey Kennedy downed Brittany Hall of Rensselaer in the opening round of championship singles 6-2, 6-1, but was edged 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 by Melissa Hirsch of Skidmore in the next round. Senior Melissa Slack defeated Rensselaer’s Krystle Bendjo 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in the opening round, but then lost to Hillary Drewry of St. Lawrence 6-2, 6-0.

In doubles action, senior Gaby Berkman and sophomore Kiara Ocasio teamed up and drew the number one seed in the first round of championship doubles play. The duo of Karisse Bendijo and Allison Tierney of the College of New Jersey defeated Berkman and Ocasio 8-0. In the consolation bracket, Berkman and Ocasio earned two victories. They edged Kelley and Vrinda Khanna of Hamilton and defeated Jennifer Gregory and Gabriela Murph-Goldberg of Mount Saint Mary 8-6. They dropped their third round match to Rachel Loeb and Nataly Mendoza from Skidmore, 8-0.

Sophomore Hallsey Leighton and sophomore Remy Raevsky also teamed up in doubles play. They dropped their first match to Melissa Hirsch and Molly Nolan from Skidmore, 8-5. In the consolation bracket they earned three wins. They downed Mackenzie Rounds and Katelyn Richenberg of Brockport 8-0, and then had a walkover victory over Cortland’s Stephanie DiCapua and Loraine Jelinek. Leighton and Raevsky defeated Skidmore’s Tory Engros and Rachel Plevinksy 8-5, before falling in the consolation championship to Rachel Loeb and Nataly Mendoza of Skidmore, 8-1.

Sixty-four of the region’s best singles players and 32 of the top doubles teams came to Geneva to battle for a berth in the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, Oct. 14-17, in Mobile, Ala. Play will finish up tomorrow, Sept. 27.

The Herons will return to action on Oct. 2, when they travel to take on Hamilton College at noon.