By Nick Sardina
SYRACUSE – New Hartford sophomore Sarah Corasanti won her second consecutive Section III, Division II singles title with a 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5) victory over Mexico’s Givlia Bancale Thursday at Skytop Courts.
In doubles, Oneida’s Bri Laureti and Jillian Brodock won the Division II title with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt’s Jungyun Kim and Maya Pollock.
All the competitors who advanced to Thursday’s semifinals qualified to compete in next week’s inter-class tournament beginning Tuesday at the Drumlins. The finals and consolation matches will be held Thursday, with the top three in singles and doubles advancing to the New York State Tournament, which will be held from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Latham.
Corasanti remains unbeaten in 2015 and, along with Baldwinsville’s Kahlei Reisinger, is one of the favorites entering the inter-class tournament. Corasanti finished third overall in the inter-class in 2014 tournament and advanced to states.
For Oneida it has been a great run. The Indians won their third consecutive sectional team title Saturday, and now have added an individual doubles title with a chance to add another next week.
“We won third straight as a team and it is great to get a sectional doubles title as well,” Hicks said. “I was very happy with overall performance at sectionals. … It was a great tournament for us.”
In the semifinals, Laureti and Brodock edged teammates Lexi Skibitski and Sam Lusher 6-3, 6-4. Both teams advance to the inter-class tournament, which had to make it easier for Hicks to watch. Oneida’s Jenna Russ also advanced to the inter-class tournament by making the semifinals in singles.
“It was probably the least stressed I’ve been watching a match,” Hicks said of the doubles semifinal between teammates. “I didn’t coach either team. I just let them go out and play, and I just watched.”
Also advancing to the inter-class tournament is Notre Dame eighth grader Ellen Lyga, who lost in two tiebreakers to Grace Del Pino (Manlius-Pebble Hill) in the Division IV final. Lyga defeated Watertown IHC’s Talulah Cross 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals.
New Hartford’s first doubles team of Katie Farkouh and Morgan Joyce lost in the semifinals, but along with Whitesboro’s Tori Pellegrino and Westmoreland’s Alyssa Bowers, who lost to Del Pino in the semifinals, also advanced to the inter-class tournament, which begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday.