With the New York State girls tennis state tournament being held at the Sound Shore Indoor Tennis facility in Port Chester this year, there might be a benefit for Section 1’s players playing close to home.
If there is an advantage to hosting a tournament, it might have been a factor on Saturday, as all three singles players and all three doubles teams representing the section advanced to the quarterfinals following the first day of tournament action.
Briarcliff’s Rebecca Lim, who won the Section 1 singles title last week despite being unseeded, received a bye in the first round and then defeated New Hartford’s Sarah Corasanti (Section 3) 6-0, 6-1.
Yorktown’s Caitlin Ferrante also received a bye in the first round. She defeated Valley Central’s Kortney McHale (Section 9) 6-1, 6-0 in the second round.
Rye’s Nathalie Rodilosso, a senior competing in the high school circuit after a two-year absence, beat Goshen’s Jane Bockman (Section 9) 6-1, 6-0 in the first round and the defeated Ward Melville’s Denise Lai (Section 11) 6-1, 6-3 in the second round.
In the doubles bracket, Ursuline’s Vanessa Ciano and Laina Campos, the defending two-time Section 1 doubles champions and finalists in last year’s state tournament, defeated Manhasset’s Madline Clinton and Kyleigh Harmon (Section 8) 6-2, 6-0 in the second round after receiving a first-round bye.
Mamaroneck’s Katherine Orgielewicz and Juliette Nask also had a first-round bye. They defeated Oneida’s Lauren Skibitski and Brianna Laureti (Section 3) 6-4, 7-5 in the second round.
Clarkstown North’s Sydney Miller and Martyna Czarnik, the lone players from Rockland County in the tournament, defeated Seton Catholic’s Alina Galyon and Claire Loughlin (Section 4) 6-4, 6-4 in the second round after getting a first-round bye.
When play resumes in the second day of the tournament, Lim will play against Ferrante in one of the quarterfinal matches, a rematch of last week’s Section 1 championship match. On the other side of the singles bracket, Rodilosso will take on Oyster Bay’s Courtney Kowalsky of Section 8.
In the doubles bracket quarterfinals, Ciano and Campos will play Pittford Mendon’s Joyce Luo and Jess Bodewes of Section 5, Orgielewicz and Nask will play North Shore’s Olivia Scordo and Lucia Hu of Section 8, while Miller and Czarnik will play Fayetteville’s Katerina Atallah and Maggie Bonomo of Section 3.
The quarterfinals and semifinals of the state tournament will resume at Sound Shore Indoor Tennis at noon Sunday, with the finals taking place on Monday.