PORT CHESTER – It was not a dream start for Caitlin Ferrante.
The sophomore from Yorktown High School, playing against Our Lady of Mercy’s Julia Andreach in the state girls tennis tournament final Monday morning, lost the first set, 6-1.
But she was able to turn it around, and completed the comeback to win the state singles’ title, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Prior to Monday, Ferrante had to fight for every inch to even get to the final.
On Sunday, during the second day of the tournament at Sound Shore Indoor Tennis in Port Chester, she got revenge on Briarcliff’s Rebecca Lim in the quarterfinals, a re-match of the Section 1 final that she lost. Ferrante won Saturday’s match to advance to the semifinals.
In that round, she defeated Cold Spring Harbor’s Merri-Kelly Hannity, the daughter of political commentator Sean Hannity, in a hard-fought match by a 6-4, 7-6 (8) score.
After trailing for nearly all of the second set of that match, Ferrante managed to force the tie-breaker and hold off several set points from Hannity to clinch a spot in the championship match.
In the doubles’ bracket, Ursuline’s duo of sophomores Laina Campos and Vanessa Ciano lost in the title match to Friends Academy’s Calista Sha and Morgan Wilkins 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Campos and Ciano at one point led the second set 3-0.
In the third-place doubles match, Mamaroneck’s Katherine Orgielewicz and Juliette Nask defeated Clarkstown North’s Sydney Miller and Martyna Czarnik 6-4, 6-3.