Monday, October 10, 2011

Oneida girls tennis locked in 3-day match for championship

As far as epic three-day tennis matches go, not much can beat the drama of John Isner's marathon win against Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010:
However, Oneida's girls tennis team is locked in a 3-day match of its own with the Tri-Valley League title is on the line. 
Undefeated New Hartford beat Oneida 6-1 in an early season meeting and neither team has lost a league match since. That means if Oneida could pull off a win in the rematch, the teams would share the championship. 
The deciding match in New Hartford began on September 27, but was postponed due to rain with all matches in the first set.
The teams resumed play on October 6, only to have the final match of the day suspended by darkness and the TVL rivals tied 3-3. 
Here's how the match has gone so far:
OHS' Jenna Didio reaches for a return against NH
1S: Claire Hotvedt (NH) d. Connie Froass 6-3,6-3
2S: Anjie Liu (NH) d. Shannon Hollenbeck 6-3,6-0
3S: Jenna Didio (O) d. Whitney Patralia 7-5,6-4
1D: Alex Romano/Rachel Madden (NH) d. Paige  Pendleton/Marianthi Docous 6-1,6-1
2D: Julie Sarensky/Rachel Markle (O) d. Madeline Locke/Emily Acquaviva 4-6,6-3,6-1
3D: Kasia Kinsella/Emilee Lanz (O) d. Ooha Kambhampati/Neesh Desa 1-6,7-6,6-3
4D: Jillian Brodock/Destiny Pagan (O) vs. Carisma Cherukuri/ Emily Steates (NH) 5-7, 6-3 (suspended with OHS up 2-0 in 3rd)

So that brings us to day 3 of the TVL-deciding contest. Oneida's Jillian Brodock and Destiny Pagan will resume their match against Carisma Cherukur and Emily Steates of New Hartford at 3:45 on Tuesday at New Hartford. The Oneida duo is currently up 5-7, 6-3, 2-0 despite not playing doubles together in any other TVL match this season.

Oneida coach Todd Hicks has tapped Brodock to play most of her doubles matches with Kasia Kinsella, while Pagan has been matched with at least three different partners this season. To make things even more dramatic, because of the postponements, the match will be the final one of the regular season for both teams.
On Tuesday, Pagan and Brodock will begin the contest's 3rd day with a chance to earn their first win together, avenge the earlier loss to NH and clinch a share of the TVL championship for Oneida. That is if the weather holds up.


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