Norwich beats Spartans for first time in 10 years

Girls’ Tennis

Norwich 5, Maine-Endwell 2

ENDWELL – Norwich avenged a one-point loss to Maine-Endwell earlier this season defeating the Spartans for the first time in 10 years on Wednesday.

Reva Seager at third singles and first doubles partners, Emily Stewart and Katie Orioli, avenged losses to their M-E foes from the mid-September matchup to swing the balance of the match.

“This is the biggest win we’ve had in a while,” said Norwich coach John Stewart in summing up the win. “It was freezing cold, and I told (the team) that if we could win the first set, it would take the heart out of them, and they would kind of cave. That’s what happened.”



Norwich won the first five matchups at singles and first doubles in straight sets. Seager beat Meredith Suwak, 6-3, 6-3, and Stewart-Orioli avenged a three-set defeat to Dominqua Hudy and Allison Unger winning 6-2, 6-1.

“This win shows that we’re progressing toward playing our best tennis, and that was my goal as a coach,” Stewart said. “We are playing toward that goal, and hope to still have a shot at tying for the division.”

Norwich is one game behind Maine-Endwell in the STAC division standings, and needs Owego to beat M-E on Friday to force a tie for the division title.

Results

Singles: Bryn Loomis (N) d. Lauren Kozlowski, 6-4, 6-4; Sophie Stewart (N) d. Natalie Suwak, 6-2, 6-3; Reva Seager (N) d. Meredith Suwak, 6-3, 6-3; Jessica Lerner (N) d. Cara Boothroyd, 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles: Emily Stewart-Katie Orioli (N) Dominiqua Hudy-Allison Unger, 6-2, 6-1; Shannon Graves-Laura Nielson (M) d. Kristi Orioli-Gina Meccariello, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Brittany Stasiuk-Megan Yeager (M) d. Shaniqua Yaccarino-Alyssa Stagliano, 6-1, 6-2.

Walton 3, Greene 2

GREENE – Walton rallied from one set down in each of the two doubles matches, and prevailed over Greene Wednesday to avenge an early-season loss.

Greene’s Shaylem Bonney and Paige Taylor won a first-set tiebreaker, and rallied from a 4-0 deficit to force a second-set tiebreaker. There, the Warriors’ Tasha Lynn and Beth Patterson came on strong to finish off the win in the third set.

The results were starkly similar in second doubles with the Warriors’ Jeannette DeFreese and Brianna Schmitz grabbing the win.

“My girls definitely had their chances in the second set (of doubles),” said Greene coach Rich Karl. “My girls walked all over Walton the first time. It was a good match, and we didn’t expect it. Walton definitely played well tonight.”


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