Girls’s Tennis | 10/11/2022 8:53:50 AM
Hartwick School, Nazareth School, Houghton College and Alfred College will vie for the 2022 Empire 8 Girls’s Tennis Championship, which takes place on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15, hosted by Hartwick and held at Ithaca School in Ithaca, NY. High-seed Hartwick will face No. 4 seed Alfred within the first semifinal Friday at 11 a.m., whereas No. 2 seed Nazareth will tackle third-seeded Houghton within the second semifinal match at 2 p.m. The 2 semifinal winners will meet for the 2022 Empire 8 Championship on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The league champion receives an computerized berth into the 2023 NCAA Division III Girls’s Tennis Championship, which takes place beginning Could 5-7. The 2023 NCAA Division III Girls’s Tennis Finals happen from Could 14-22 on the USTA Nationwide Campus (Collegiate Heart) in Orlando, Fla.
Hartwick enters the match as the highest seed for the primary time in program historical past and wish to earn its first E8 title after ending an ideal 7-0 in league play this season. The No. 2 seed Golden Flyers of Nazareth are on the lookout for their third straight Empire 8 title, having completed 6-1 in league play. Houghton, the No. 3 seed, completed 5-2 in league play in 2022, whereas fourth-seeded Alfred was 4-3.
Hartwick is making its twelfth look within the Empire 8 Match after successful its first postseason match in 21 years, whereas advancing to the championship in 2021. The Hawks are an ideal 11-0 throughout the common season and 7-0 in league play, having squandered simply 11 factors all season. Jade Killikelly is 11-0, cut up between second and third singles this season, whereas recording an 8-2 document at first doubles with Damita Bollers. Bollers has received six matches at first singles as effectively. Phoebe Olson is 8-1 at second singles, whereas Ryann Ashby is 8-1 cut up between third and fourth singles, whereas Colleen Marsh is 9-2 and Lily Vanuga has received all 10 of her singles contests. The duo of Maddi Morrison and Maggie Van Valkenburgh is 11-0 enjoying primarily at third doubles, whereas Olson has partnered with Ashby and Vanuga at numerous instances throughout the yr to be 11-0 at second doubles.
Nazareth is trying to win its third consecutive Empire 8 title and seventh league championship in program historical past. The Golden Flyers went 6-1 in league play throughout the common season and enter the tourney 7-1 total. Junior Aliya Guzman, the Spring 2021 Empire 8 Participant and Rookie of the 12 months and All-E8 first workforce decide final season, has continued her dominance in league play this fall, with a 7-0 mark in league play at first singles and 6-1 mark at first doubles, teaming with Claire Pullen. Guzman, Catherine Zak, Pullen, Scarlett Wagner, Lily Bulkeley and Katelyn Speth have excelled in singles play, combining to put up a 36-6 document in opposition to E8 foes in 2022.
Houghton superior to the Empire 8 Match in dramatic style, defeating St. John Fisher, 5-4 on Saturday to formally clinch the third seed and keep away from dropping to as little as fifth. Arija Grant earned the decisive level for Houghton at sixth singles. Elise Swanson, Chloe Esch, Marilynn Amborski, Alexandra Leary, Garlana Valentin and Grant and have represented the Highlanders in singles play this season. Grant and Esch went 4-2 in league play this season. The primary doubles duo of Swanson and Esch additionally went 4-2 in league play. The Highlanders are making their fourth straight look within the league championship match and fifth journey total.
Alfred clinched an Empire 8 postseason berth on the ultimate day of the common season, knocking off Russell Sage in a digital elimination match by a rating of 9-0. The Saxons are within the match for the primary time since 2018 and seventh time total. Alfred final postseason win got here in 2005. The Saxons enter the match with a 9-3 total mark and completed 4-3 in E8 play. The duo of Macy Youngberg and Alina Zabihalo are a mixed 25-3 at singles this season. Zabihalo went 6-1 in league play at first singles, whereas Youngberg went 7-0 at fourth singles. Abigail Name completed 5-2 at fifth singles. Eve Liu, Anna Gwozdz and Alexis Giordano have additionally been mainstays within the singles lineup this season. All three doubles groups from Alfred had been 5-2 in league play this season.
Each semifinal matchups characteristic rematches from the ultimate weekend of the common season. Hartwick defeated Alfred, 6-3 on Oct. 8, whereas Nazareth shutout Houghton, 9-0 a day earlier.
This weekend’s championship schedule is under. For the freshest info on this yr’s championship, observe the Empire 8 Convention on Twitter (@Empire8).
2022 Empire 8 Girls’s Tennis Championship Schedule
Friday, October 14 – Semifinals at Ithaca School
(Indoor or Out of doors)
#1 Hartwick School vs. #4 Alfred College – 12 p.m.
#2 Nazareth School vs. #3 Houghton College – 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 – Championship at Ithaca School
(Indoor or Out of doors)
Winner of Semifinal #1 vs. Winner of Semifinal #2 – 1 p.m.
Format: Twin match is performed till choice (5 factors) Three doubles matches are adopted by six singles matches. No-ad scoring for each singles and doubles matches. Singles matches will play two out of three units. Doubles play eight professional set with a twelve-point tiebreaker at 7-all.
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