One NCCS team walked away with a loss as the Blue Bombers earned a split in their final regular-season match in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference. Powered by wins in all three singles contests, Lake Placid’s girls earned a 3-2 victory over the Cougars, who had already captured the CVAC regular-season title.
Meanwhile, the NCCS boys posted a 5-0 win over Lake Placid to lay claim to the CVAC title in a match that saw the Cougars take 10 of 12 sets played.
Winning didn’t come easy for the Lake Placid girls, who finished CVAC play with a 6-2 record. It took comeback efforts by Georgia Knox and Natalia Smith in first and second singles for Lake Placid to secure the victory. Knox defeated Alanna Cruz 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 at No. 1 and Smith rallied for a 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 win over Paige Southwick at No. 2. Georgia O’Leary topped Toni Duprey 6-5, 7-6 (7-3) in another close contest in third singles to clinch the win for the Blue Bombers.
“The girls showed a lot of heart, coming back the way they did,” said Lake Placid girls coach Dave Miller.
The Cougars took both girls doubles matches as Kristen Langr and Erin Sorrell topped Serena Hallowell and Emma Morris-Downey 6-3, 6-2 in No. 1 doubles, and NCCS took the second match in a forfeit.
In the boys match, singles player Alex Jelinek and the doubles team of Martin Gaspar and David Knapik claimed the only two set wins for Lake Placid.
In singles play, Ryan Marks posted a 6-1, 6-2 win over Nick Stosiek in No. 1 singles; Richie Collins defeated Dolan Riley 6-0, 6-3 in second singles and Adam Jennett topped Jelinek 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in No. 3 singles.
In doubles, Bobby Marks and McKenna Hunter defeated Keegan Barney and Eddie Kane 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 1 match and Alex Guay and Adam Khater defeated Gaspar and Knapik 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 in the second contest.
The Blue Bombers boys finished with a 3-4 record in a season that started out rocky due to poor weather conditions coupled with the school district’s two-week spring break that ended just days before CVAC play started. Lake Placid only had one outdoor practice before its opening match.
“It was a little frustrating for me because we had no time to prepare for the season,” said longtime Blue Bombers coach George Bailey. “I saw the boys playing as hard as they could, but trying to learn tennis in a match situation isn’t easy.
“With another week and a half of practice prior to the season, I’m confident we could have won more matches,” Bailey added. “Next year will be different. The nice thing is that everybody on the team got court time. That was one of our goals.”
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Lake Placid’s Georgia Knox returns a shot during a match against Northeastern Clinton on Monday, May 23. Knox posted one of three singles wins, as the Blue Bombers handed NCCS its only loss of the season.