HORSEHEADS – For the second year in a row the Norwich Purple Tornado will advance to the New York State Championship to compete with the best of the best from across the state in varsity girls tennis.
This season, fall 2016, Norwich qualified four athletes for the state qualifier meet, to which they all competed in the doubles competition this past weekend in Horseheads on Friday Oct 21, through Saturday, Oct. 22.
Friday consisted of two forward rounds for the eight pairs in the state qualifier tournament. The Tornado athletes consisted of Makenzie Maynard and Caroline Stewart as the top Norwich duo; as well as the team of Megan Burke and Brooke Steigerwald.
Maynard and Stewart were drawn into the qualifying tournament as the two seed, and when all was said and done enjoyed the most success on the day – claiming a second place finish overall.
Maynard and Stewart defeated their first round opponents – Mackenzie Hyde and Alaina Strife of Horseheads – by a score of 6-1 and 7-5 to advance to the semifinals.