After more than a two-week layoff, the Lake Placid girls tennis team was back on the court Friday, June 10 in a showdown for the Section VII, Class C title with Seton Catholic.
In a match that was pushed back and difficult to reschedule, the Blue Bombers prevailed 3-2 to win their second sectional team championship in the past three years. The Knights beat Lake Placid in the same matchup a season ago, but this time, the Blue Bombers came through in front of the home fans at the village courts.
Playing her final match for Lake Placid, senior Georgie Knox led the way with a win at first singles. Natalia Smith triumphed at second singles for the Bombers, who forfeited the third singles match and clinched the title with a victory at first doubles.
This marked the third season Knox has played singles for Lake Placid and she was pleased to end her high school career on a winning note.
“As a senior, I’m excited going out like this,” Knox said. “It took a while to get this match scheduled, but our team always wants to come out and play tennis. It was nice to have home-court advantage. It was my last match, and I had some fans out there. It was a fun day.
“It was kind of tough waiting around for this match to finally happen,” Knox added. “During the past two weeks, we’ve missed having five players out there at one time or another, mainly because of class trips. We just made the best of it and hung in there. It’s a good feeling.”
Knox defeated Kerry Cannen 6-1, 6-2 to earn the first point for Lake Placid. Smith followed with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over the Knights Megan Tedford at second singles.
Lake Placid then forfeited the next match, as Georgia O’Leary, who normally plays third singles for the Blue Bombers, missed the action due to a school trip.
The No. 1 doubles team of Serena Hallowell and Grace Nardiello nailed down the win for Lake Placid, earning a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Kelsey Briggs and Julie Miller. Evan Zalis and Mallory Favreau took the Knights’ lone point on the court, topping Emma Morris-Downey and Brennan Butler 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 2 doubles match.
Seton Catholic’s girls finished the season with a 2-6 overall record. One of their setbacks came against Lake Placid in the Champlain Valley Athleitc Conference’s regular season.
Under first-year head coach Dave Miller, the Blue Bombers girls ended their campaign with a 6-2 mark.
“I knew from the beginning that we had good players, I just didn’t know what kind of competition we were going to be up against,” Miller said. “When we started off with four straight wins, I knew we had a good team.
“Our singles players were definitely the strength of our team this season,” Miller said. “1, 2 and 3, they played strong tennis and they were dependable. We had some excellent doubles play, too, but we had some injuries there. Overall, we had a great season. It’s exciting to finish up winning a championship.”
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The Lake Placid girls tennis team poses with the Section VII championship trophy Friday, June 10 on the village courts. From left, Natalia Smith, Serena Hallowell, Joan O’Leary, Emma Morris-Downey, Brennan Butler, Grace Nardiello, coach Dave Miller and Georgie Knox