Weekly Feature

2017-10-11 / Sports

Win over South sets up big showdown for Amherst

It took a day later due to rain but Amherst’s girls tennis team took care of business, defeating Williamsville South, 4-1, at home Thursday.

The win improved Amherst’s ECIC Division II record to 7-2 and sets up a big showdown with Williamsville East (7-1) for a share of the league title at 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Clearfield Tennis Courts.

Due to the South match being moved, the Lady Tigers’ non-league road match against Springville slated for Oct. 5 was cancelled with no makeup date.

At first singles, Amherst’s Fiona Sullivan trailed South’s Sara Meyer but stormed back and won five of six games. However, Meyer won 8-6.

“The match was there for either player and Sara got the edge on Fiona,” Amherst coach Paul Biddle said. “I’m glad that she was able to turn it around in the match but Fiona has got to play with 100 percent more energy from the very first ball to the very last ball if she wants to take her game to the next level.”

Sonya Bangia beat Tara Jain, 6-2, 6-3, at second singles, and Maya Cottone won 6-1, 6-0 over Sarah Johnson at third singles.

At first doubles, Serena Bangia and Marissa Gribbin avenged an earlier regular season loss with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Marissa Camacho and Meghan Hall.

“I was most impressed with our first doubles team,” Biddle said. “They lost to a very good Will South team last time in a close match. This time they came out swinging and really played well. It was a much different match for them this time around.”

Anna Grisko and Talia Mekinulov beat Zoe Blumenson and Michelle Glozman 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles.

Amherst opened its week with a 4-1 home win over West Seneca East Oct. 2, although Biddle said he was “extremely frustrated” with how the squad played.

“I was hoping our players would have played a better overall match,” Biddle said.

Amherst’s only loss was at third singles when Cottone fell short to Madison Foltarz, 3-6, 1-6.

“I would much rather have a player like that who works hard and takes nothing for granted and lose, than a player with all the talent in the world that gives half an effort and wins,” Biddle said.

Biddle said Amherst’s doubles teams were spot on, giving up a total of three games. Serena Bangia and Gribbin beat Breanna Roth and Destiny

Sherer, 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles, and Grisko and Kate Staff downed Anna Sheehan and Kathryn Wilson, 6-0, 6-0, at second doubles.

Sullivan downed Kasandra Kraebel 7-6, 6-1 at first singles and Sonya Bangia defeated Sarah Tracy 6-2, 6-0 at second singles.

Sonya Bangia represented Amherst at the ECIC Singles Tournament Friday at the Village Glen. Bangia downed Williamsville North’s Prakriti Setlur, 6-3, 6-1, in the first round and lost to fourth seed Payge Szymusiak of Lancaster, 1-6, 0-6.

“No matter what level you are at there is always somebody who just plays at a higher level,” Biddle said. “Sonya played as best she could, gave her best effort and represented the Amherst School district with dignity. I am very proud of her entire season along with this tournament.”

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