NORWICH – Maine-Endwell had Norwich’s number in football and basketball, but not boys’ tennis.
In Tuesday’s STAC semifinal, the Tornado blasted the Spartans sweeping all seven matches and giving up just one set.
The victory vaults Norwich into the league championship where it will face Ithaca at a date to be determined.
“We really wanted to win the Class B championship outright,” said Norwich coach John Stewart, who was referring to the co-champion status his team earned along with M-E last weekend. “This kind of validates that we were the better team. Coming back after sectionals and to still having that desire and competitive spirit, I really proud of how we went out and played today.”
The closest matches came at first singles and second doubles. Alexander Stewart downed John Munley in the top singles matchup, 7-6, 7-6. At second doubles, Brendon Budd and Alec Weaver rallied from a first-set loss to best Jake Zuber and Kyle Henry, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.
Taking comfortable wins at singles were Colin Stewart, Matt Craig, and Roman Cwynar.
Grant Brightman-Danny Carson and Cameron Edwards-Carlos Ithier earned decisive victories and first and third doubles respectively.
“I really think this win makes a case for us being the best Class B team in Section IV this year,” Stewart said.
Singles: Alexander Stewart (N) d. John Munley, 7-6, 7-6; Colin Stewart (N) d. Michael Pham, 6-3, 6-2; Matt Craig (N) d. Stephen Pham, 6-1, 6-3. Roman Cwynar (N) d. Brian Talbot, 6-4, 6-0.
Doubles: Grant Brightman-Danny Carson (N) d. Alec Greene-Alex Moses, 6-2, 7-5. Brendon Budd-Alec Weaver (N) d. Jake Zuber-Kyle Henry, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7. Cameron Edwards-Carlos Ithier (N) d. Aubrey Baizani-Maverick Talboys, 6-4, 6-1.
Harpursville 9, Greene 6
GREENE – Harpursville took the lead for good scoring four runs in the top of the sixth to eliminate Greene from Section IV playoff competition Tuesday.
It was the first win for Harpursville in three meetings with the Trojans this season. Erin Avery tripled in the sixth and scored the go-ahead run on one of Greene’s four errors in the game.
“Give Harpursville’s girls credit, they came out and played with a lot of confidence today,” said Greene coach Rick Smith. “It was a tough way to end the season losing two of our last three at home.”