LAKEWOOD - For the first time in 10 years, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association is sending a tennis singles player, Rachel Mole of Frewsburg, and the doubles team, Victoria Van Every and Elizabeth Rowan of Southwestern, to the state tournament on Nov. 3-5 at the Tri-City Tennis Center in Latham.
Mole, a senior, lost her first match of the season after 16 wins in the Section 6 Singles championship at the Lakewood Family YMCA. She lost 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to Alanna Danieu of East Aurora and fell to second place.
The Frewsburg standout had come in as the fourth seed and Danieu was the second seed. The top seed, Brianna Gibbs of Williamsville East, fell to third place.
Above, Southwestern’s Elizabeth Rowan, left, and Victoria VanEvery celebrate a point during action at the Section 6 Girls Tennis Championships at the Lakewood Family YMCA on Saturday. Below, Rachel Mole follows through on a serve during singles action. All three are headed to the state tournament. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Mark L. Anderson
This marks back-to-back trips to the states for Mole, who has been on the Frewsburg varsity for six years, starting when she was in the seventh grade.
Mole began the two-day event by stopping T. Thormahlen, 6-1, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, Mole defeated H. Hollins, 6-2, 6-3, and in the semifinals took care of Gibbs of Williamsville East, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Van Every, a eighth-grader, and Rowan, a freshman, had to win a consolation match for third place in doubles to make states. The Southwestern duo prevailed over Grace Ruh and Taylor Sayoc of Orchard Park, 7-6 (7), 6-4.
They lost in the semifinals to Shayleen Brennan and Nikki Legler of Orchard Park, 6-3, 7-5, after winning the quarterfinals over Dunbar-Dunbar, 6-2, 6-0, and the first round over Heleba-Lamparelli, 6-3, 6-2.
Brenna and Legler won the doubles crown by disposing of Sarina Shah and Nicole Kozinski of Clarence, 6-2, 6-2.
Seeds - 1. Brianna Gibbs, Williamsville East, 2. Alanna Danieu, East Aurora, 3. Karli Hollins, Orchard Park, 4. Rachel Mole, Frewsburg
B.Gibbs d.B.Tarnowski, 6-1, 6-0; E.Barrett d. G.Wittig, 6-3, 6-4; R.Mole d. T.Thormahlen, 6-1, 6-0; H.Hollins d. K.Britt, 6-0, 6-0; M.Li d. A.Xiao, 6-2, 6-0; K.Hollins def. G.Ringler, 6-1, 6-0; C.Becker d. H.Hofmar-Glennon, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5; A.Danieu d. C.Wozniak, 6-1,6-1.
Gibbs d. Barrett, 6-0, 6-4; Mole d. H.Hollins, 6-2, 6-3; K.Hollins d. M.Li, 6-2, 6-3; Danieu d. Becker 6-1, 6-0.
Mole d. Gibbs, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4; Danieu d. K.Hollins, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-4.
Danieu d. Mole, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Consolation for third seed
Gibbs d. H.Hollins, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
Seeds - 1. Shayleen Brennan-Nikki Legler, Orchard Park, 2. Sarina Shah-Nicole Kozinski, Clarence, 3. Grace Ruh-Taylor Sayoc, Orchard Park, 4. Victoria VanEvery-Elizabeth Rowan, Southwestern.
Brennan-Legler d. Schrader-Costello, 6-1, 6-0; Ruff-Robbins d. Taboni-Kozuch, 6-2, 7-6 (8); Rowan-VanEvery d. Heleba-Lamparelli, 6-3, 6-2; Dunbar-Dunbar d. Villani-Corrao, 6-1, 6-0; Sun-Nagra d. Robins-McClinsey, 6-1, 6-2; Ruh-Sayoc d. Whisner-Knapp, 6-4, 6-1; Viola-Fiorita d. Toufexis-Helm, 6-4, 6-2; Shah-Kozinski d. Hair-Mole 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Brennan-Legler d. Ruff-Robbins, 6-4, 6-0; Rowan-VanEvery d. Dunbar-Dunbar. 6-2, 6-0; Ruh-Sayoc d. Sun-Nagra 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; Shah-Kozinski d. Viola-Fiorita, 6-2, 6-3.
Brenna-Legler d. Rowan-VanEvery, 6-3, 7-5; Shah-Kozinski d. Ruh-Sayoc, 7-6(4), 6-2..
Brenna-Legler d. Shah-Kozinski 6-2, 6-2.
Consolation for third seed
Rowan-VanEvery d. Ruh-Sayoc, 7-6(7), 6-4.