PORT CHESTER – It was déjà vu all over again for Laina Campos and Vanessa Ciano.
The Ursuline girls tennis doubles team found themselves playing against Mamaroneck duo Katherine Orgielewicz and Julliette Nask in the semifinal round of the New York State tournament at Sound Shore Indoor Tennis on Sunday.
Having already beaten them twice before, first in the conference tournament final earlier this month and then in the sectional semifinal last week, Campos and Ciano were well prepared for the showdown.
Campos and Ciano, who were coming off of a dominant 6-2, 6-1 quarterfinal win over Pittsford Mendon’s Joyce Luo and Jess Bodewes a couple of hours earlier, finished the day strong and scored a 6-2, 6-1 win to advance to the state final.
“We had a strategy before we went on the court, we knew they were very good players and knew we had to give it our all on the court,” Campos said. “When we went on the court with them, we knew confidence played a major role. We had a lot of intimidation from beating them twice before.”
In the singles bracket, there was a similar déjà vu feeling for Yorktown’s Caitlin Ferrante.
The sophomore started the day with a quarterfinal matchup against Briarcliff’s Rebecca Lim. Last week, Lim defeated Ferrante in the sectional final title game.
This time, Ferrante found her groove, holding off a late surge from the Briarcliff freshman to win the re-match 6-3, 6-3.
“I was happy that I got her in my draw; I knew she was a really good player, but I knew I could beat her if I played my best,” she said. “I got a good feel for how she played in sectionals, so I just tried to play to her weaknesses. I was just way more consistent today.”
In the semifinals, Ferrante upset the top seed on her side of the bracket, Cold Spring Harbor’s Merri-Kelly Hannity. Ferrante won the first set 6-4, and then after being down for most of the second set, forced a tiebreaker that she would win 10-8.
“When it got to the tiebreaker, I knew I had to finish it there because I was exausted,” she said. “I tried to play my best and I think I did. I was just able to keep my composure and finish strong.”
All three singles players and three doubles teams representing Section 1 survived the tournament’s first day on Saturday.
Rye senior Nathalie Rodilosso lost her quarterfinal match against Oyster Bay’s Courtney Kowalsky, 6-2, 6-3.
In the doubles bracket, Orgielewicz and Nask defeated North Shore’s Olivia Scordo and Lucia Ho 6-4, 6-1 before losing in the semifinals.
The lone players from Rockland County at the tournament, Clarkstown North’s Sydney Miller and Martyna Czarnik, won their quarterfinal match against Fayetteville’s Katerina Atallah and Maggie Bonomo 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2).
The duo saw their surprise playoff run end in the semifinals, losing to Friends Academy’s Calista Sha and Morgan Wilkins 6-3, 6-1, and will play in Monday’s third-place game.
“It was unexpected, but we really enjoyed our journey here and to make the semifinals,” Czarnik said. “We did the best we could. We have nothing to lose now.”
The tournament’s final day will take place on Monday back at Sound Shore Indoor Tennis, with the first matches starting at 9 a.m.. Ferrante will take on Our Lady of Mercy’s Julia Andreach in the singles final.
“Now that I got to the final, my goal is to win it,” Ferrante said. “I’m going to do whatever it takes.”
In the doubles bracket, Campos and Ciano will face off against Sha and Wilkins for the title.
The Ursuline sophomore duo lost to Oyster Bay’s Courtney Kowalsky and Celeste Matute in last year’s state final.
“We knew what to expect from last year, so we just focused,” Ciano said. “We knew our matches today would be the most important ones and take it one match at a time. We were in our zone today.”