Follow up to earlier posts.
We have been covering the Kandaths at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regionals. Here are the final results from the rounds that were completed later than the last posting.
At the Northwest Regional ITA Championships. Matt Kandath took out Oregon’s #1 player Robin Cambier 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 before losing in the fourth round to Ben McLachan – Cal’s #1 player – 6-3, 6-3. In the doubles, he and partner Nolan Paige lost to Thai Tu and Will Schumacher of University of San Francisco 8-3.
Sarah Kandath played the Northeast Regionals. She and partner Nikita Uberoi won their second round doubles 8-3 over Mofa and Rosales of Drexel. Next was a 9-8 (5) win over Athanasiadis and Linero of Boston College. They lost in the fourth round to Columbia’s Sanon/Takenaga 8-0.
Emily Qua, daughter of Icabod Crane Coach Al Qua has been having quite a year at Hudson Valley. The team went through the regular season without a loss, in fact Mohawk Valley was their closest match and they won that 6-3. This from the HVCC Tennis web page:
The women’s tennis team went a perfect 6-0 during the month of September, earning a #1 ranking in the region. The Vikings beat the defending regional champion Herkimer Generals on two different occasions in dominating fashion. In just her second season, Coach Potenza has put her team in position to win the conference and the region, and was just recently inducted into the Watervliet Hall of Fame herself as a standout tennis player.
The Vikings have a very solid 1-6 lineup, led by top returner Emily Qua (Ichabod Crane/Stuyvesant). Qua has played in the first flight of both singles and doubles action this year. Incoming freshman Jenna Brophy (Greenwich/Greenwich) has held down the second singles position and is a perfect 6-0 on the season. Haley Knight (Chatham/Canaan), Katie Vogel (Averill Park/Averill Park), Sarah Nuss (Averill Park/Wynantskill) and Nicole Cassidy (Maple Hill/Castleton) round out the remaining four spots in the lineup. There have been a number of different doubles combinations, but the Vikings have dropped only four of the doubles matches out of the 18 played. Their ability to plug players in will be an advantage heading into the post season.
October 5: The Vikings won the Mountain Valley Conference Championship, the first since 1998, and finished a perfect 7-0 on the season. In just her second year as head coach, Denise Potenza turned the program around and heads into Regionals with a full head of steam. This past Saturday, Potenza was inducted into the Watervliet High School Hall of Fame for her contributions as a stand out tennis star.
The Hudson Valley Community College women’s tennis team finished in second place at the Region III Championships held at SUNY-Delhi on Saturday afternoon, and qualified for the National Tournament in Flushing, NY.
Emily Qua (Ichabod Crane/Stuyvesant) was the #1 seed in the first flight women’s singles division earning a first round bye. Qua went on to defeat Onondaga (6-3, 6-2) in the semifinals on Friday, and came from behind after dropping the first set to Broome to win the first flight Region III Championship. Jenna Brophy (Greenwich/Greenwich) also was the top seed in the second flight women’s singles, and cruised to two dominating wins over Herkimer and Broome to earn the second flight championship. She defeated Emily Denney of Broome who was undefeated heading into the finals. Brophy goes into Nationals with a perfect 7-0 record on the year, and has yet to drop a single set all season. Katie Vogel (Averill Park/Averill Park) earned a first round bye as the #2 seed in the fourth flight of women’s singles. After a win over Herkimer in straight sets (6-0, 6-2), Vogel took down the undefeated #1 seed from Broome in three sets (6-4, 6-7 [5-7], 7-5) to earn the fourth flight Region III Championship.
Overall, it was a very impressive showing for the entire Viking team. All six singles flights won their opening rounds to play in the semifinals. All three doubles flights lost in the finals, with two of the three matches going into a third set tiebreak.
On Saturday afternoon at the Region III Championships, it was announced that the Hudson Valley Community College women’s tennis team earned five All-Conference selections out of the six flights. Below is the flight, player, and conference record of each player.
Flight 1: Emily Qua (Ichabod Crane/Stuyvesant)– 6-1
Flight 2: Jenna Brophy (Greenwich/Greenwich)– 6-0
Flight 3: Haley Knight (Chatham/Canaan)– 5-1
Flight 4: Katie Vogel (Averill Park/Averill Park)– 4-1
Flight 6: Nicole Cassidy (Maple Hill/Castleton)– 5-1
Check back soon for the results from nationals which starts tomorrow.
The weekend’s highlight was Saturday in Middlebury when UAlbany won two of three matches against crosstown rival Siena College in first round backdraw competition. Senior Sarah Iannone defeated her opponent Erika Reagan, 8-1, before teaming up with freshman Mireille Hermans for an 8-5 team-clinching doubles victory. Hermans dropped her singles match, 8-6, against Siena opponent Carly Holloway.
The Great Danes put together two more wins before concluding the invitational. Iannone won again on Saturday nearly shutting out Army College opponent Merian Kiser, 6-0, 6-1. The Great Danes were defeated by Army, 2-1, in the semifinal backdraws. Freshman Cathryn Crummey finished the last match of Sunday’s consolation round with an 8-3 victory over Middlebury’s Blake Harries.
Kukkonen was the lone representative for the Great Danes in the ITA Northeast Regionals. She faced off against Hofstra’s Sarah Bowen and was defeated, 6-3, 6-1.