Up 4-3 and 30-love in the third and decisive set, Julia Andreach knew that a state tennis championship was within reach. But the second-seeded freshman from Mercy High School couldn’t close out sophomore Caitlin Ferrante and the No. 5 seed from Section I’s Yorktown won the singles title 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Westchester County.
Andreach, 14, a state semifinalist last season when she was named the All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year, was trying to become the first girl from Section V to win a state singles crown. Penfield’s Tammy John was also runner-up in 2004.
“I was mad right after I lost. I was angry. I could have won,” Andreach said by phone from the Sound Shore Indoor Tennis facility in Port Chester. “But I played better than I did the last time against her and I hope I can come back next year and win.”
Andreach and Ferrante squared off previously during a junior tennis event last spring and Ferrante swept Andreach in straight sets. Andreach won her quarterfinal and semifinal matches in straight sets Sunday to advance and was rolling in the first set Monday morning.
“I was controlling all the points, hitting deep to the corners, and she was getting frustrated with herself,” Andreach said. “Once I got up 4-1, it was pretty easy to close.”
Ferrante turned the tables midway through the second set and the third set was tight. Andreach saved three match points eventually before losing.
Pittsford Mendon’s Sarah Bodewes won her consolation singles match on Sunday.
Mendon’s doubles team of Joyce Luo and Jess Bodewes lost in the quarterfinals, as did the Webster Schroeder team of Megan Gamble and Catherine Gamble. The sisters lost 7-5, 4-6 and 7-6, dropping a third-set tiebreaker.