Skidmore claims five of nine NY State tennis titles

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ROCHESTER/MOBILE A.l. - The final count was Skidmore five and the rest of the state four as the Thoroughbreds won five of a possible nine NY State Division III Women's Tennis titles on Sunday at the Mendon Racquet Club.

The amazing part of the dominating performance was that two of the team's top players were in Alabama competing in the USTA/ITA national championships.

The Skidmore College doubles team of Nataly Mendoza '13 and Lee Ford '14 finished fourth at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile.

In the New York State tournament, Skidmore had players in all six singles finals. Winning were Tory Engros '12 at No. 2, Alex Smith '15 at No. 5 and Zoe Valella '15 at No. 6.

Engros beat Elkie Vandenbeemt of St. Lawrence 6-0, 6-0. Smith won in three over Anisha Kurien of Vassar 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 and Valella beat Megan Moore of NYU 6-1, 6-0.

The number two doubles team of Robyn Baird '14 and Smith won 8-2 over Lindsay Kantor and Hannah Van Demark of Vassar, while Melissa Hirsch '14 and Yumi Karlshoei '15 beat Melanie Horn and Kurien of Vassar 8-6.

Hirsch lost to Maitevera Antelo of RIT 4-6, 6-2, 10-4 in the number one singles championship match. Baird was unable to complete her number three singles championship match and Molly Nolan '14 lost to Linsday Kantor of Vassar 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth singles championship.

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