Schmitz, Mukerji girls’ tennis finalists
ROTTERDAM Emma Willard, which already won the team competition recently, continued its domination of local girls’ tennis Tuesday.
Top-seeded Claire Schmitz from Emma Willard turned back fourth-seeded Nicole Kellog of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 6-4, 6-3, in one semifinal, and second-seeded Shannon Mukerji of Shaker ousted Chassidy King of Emma Willard, 7-5, 7-5, in the other to advance to today’s Section II girls’ tennis singles championship at Sportime.
In doubles, top-seeded Keishorea Armstrong and Miatali Das of Emma Willard defeated fifth-seeded Nadia Suguitan and Kaitlyn Healy of Shenendehowa, 6-0, 6-3, while third-seeded Kailin Beachie and Samantha Blond of Emma Willard outlasted second-seeded Alyssa Frost and Nisha Detchphrohm of Niskayuna, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
The finals begin at 2 p.m. The semifinal losers play for third place. The first three finishers advance to compete in the state tournament this weekend at TriCity Latham.
Geoff Putman and Jon Weaver combined for 15 kills, and Devin Sandmann contributed 24 assists and three blocks to lift Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake over Shaker, 25-15, 25-15, 25-19, in the Section II tournament quarterfinals.
The Spartans (21-4) take on Shenenehowa (18-5) in today’s semifinal at 5 at Scotia-Glenville High School. Shenendehowa defeated Mohonasen, 25-15, 25-13, 25-10, to earn a rubber match with Burnt Hills after the teams split in the Suburban Council season.
Austin Jensen had 10 kills for the Plainsmen, Josh Olsen and Ryan McSwiggin had seven kills apiece, and Tyler Ostrowski totaled 30 assists and three blocks.
Two-time defending champion Bethlehem (22-1) got nine kills apiece from Myles Bergere and Aaron Carrk, and seven more from Drew Duguid, in a 25-6, 25-21, 25-9 victory over Colonie.
Bethlehem will take on Guilderland (13-6) tonight at 7 at Scotia-Glenville after the Dutchmen turned back Niskayuna, 25-14, 19-25, 25-12, 25-22.
Jake Dube sparked Guilderland with 22 kills and five blocks, Matt Yankowski had 11 kills and four blocks, and Nick Schwartz collected 35 assists.