Emma Willard celebrated its own version of Senior Day Tuesday at the Section II Individual Tennis Championships at Sportime in Schenectady.
Claire Schmitz, a native of Scotia, defeated Shannon Mukerji of Shaker, 6-4, 4-1 (ret.), in a rematch of last year’s singles championship match, and the No. 1 Emma Willard doubles team of Samantha Blond and Kailin Baechle won its first title, topping Fallon Etkin and Nadia Suguitan of Shenendehowa, 6-1, 6-2.
Schmitz, who dropped a 6-3, 7-5 decision to Mukerji in last year’s championship, is part of one of the area’s strongest tennis families. Her grandfather, Robert, is a member of the Eastern Tennis Association Hall of Fame, while her father, Tom, was a former Scotia standout who later became a UAlbany Hall of Famer.
Ann Phillips of Niskayuna earned her first trip to the states by defeating Mia DiCaprio of Albany Academy, 6-1, 6-0, in the third-place singles match.
The champions and the runners-up in both singles and doubles, as well as the consolation match winners, will advance to the New York state championships, which will be held at Tri-City Fitness in Latham Nov. 1-3.
Schmitz will be making her fifth straight trip to the state tournament. She finished third in the sectionals in 2009 (as an eighth-grader at Scotia-Glenville); lost to Cat Crummey of Shaker, 6-3, 6-3, in the championship match in 2010 (her first season at Emma Willard); finished third in 2011; and lost to Mukerji in the championship match last year.
SECTION II INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT
Claire Schmitz (Emma Willard) def. Shannon Mukerji (Shaker), 6-4, 4-1 (ret).
Annie Phillips (Niskayuna) def. Mia DiCaprio (Albany Academy), 6-1, 6-0.
Samantha Blond-Kailin Baechle (Emma Willard) def. Fallon Etkin-Nadia Suguitan (Shenendehowa), 6-1, 6-2.
Aria Shi-Elizabeth Buckley (Bethlehem) def. Anna Steciuk-Aubrey Hodnett (Ballston Spa), 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.
Duanesburg boys win
Pat Murphy won the individual title, covering three miles in 15:34.45, to lead the Duanesburg boys to the team title in the Western Athletic Conference Championships at Fort Plain.
Katie Gregory of Duanesburg was the girls’ individual champion (19:49.99), but Berne-Knox-Westerlo won the team title, sparked by Allie Tedeschi’s second (19:52.29) and a third-place finish by Annie Laura Shafer (20:30.63).
WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
At Fort Plain (three miles)
Duanesburg 33, Fort Plain/Canajoharie 69, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 82, Mayfield 96, Saratoga Central Catholic 100, Galway 138, Mekeel Christian Academy 166.
Pat Murphy (D) 15:34.45, Jordan Ahrens (FP/C) 15:47.34, Xavier McKinley (D) 16:25.98, Will Griffin (Schoharie) 17:00.62, Ruben McFarlane (FP/C), 17:28.66, Josh Gallup (May) 17:31.66, Jon Payack (FP/C), 17:34.91, Parker Johnson (SCC) 17:35.86, Devon Van Vleck (D) 17:37.82, Noah Valvo (Schoharie) 17:39.47, Lukus Becker (BKW) 17:40.61, Brendan Van Vleck (D) 17:59,15, Boone Lynch (D) 18:15,38, Kyle Anderson (BKW) 18:18,97, Connor Akowicz (May) 18:19.75.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo 34, Fort Plain/Canajoharie 53, Saratoga Central Catholic 56, Galway 86.
Katie Gregory (D) 19:49.99, Allie Tedeschi (BKW) 19:52.29, Annie Laura Shafer (BKW) 20:30.63, Ella Gurney (SCC) 20:32,62, Cheyenne Munson (FP/C) 21:01.38, Kristen Maher (SCC) 21:28,94, Linsey Carlsen (G) 21:31,43, Gabby Bridgewater (FP/C) 21:37.51, Ariel Rouke (BKW) 21:40.65,
Amelia Bielefeld (SCC) 21:47,37, Bri Hazzard (FP/C) 21:53,42, Brittany Cancilla (BKW) 21:57,58, Olivia Munson (D) 22:05.28, Kristen Haley (BKW) 22:27,29, Shannon Quay (BKW) 22:27.97.