Weekly Feature

2017-10-11 / Sports

Eiss places second at ECIC singles tourney

Girls tennis

Madeleine Eiss gave Orchard Park’s Madigan Humiston — the tournament’s top seed — a run for her money in Saturday’s final of the ECIC Girls Tennis Singles Championships at the Village Glen before ultimately settling for a second-place finish and a spot in the upcoming Section VI Championships.

Eiss got off to a slow start against Humiston, coach Michael DelSignore conceded, losing the first set by an 0-6 mark and the first game of the second set. She bounced back, however, to win the next four games and eventually won the second set by a 6-4 mark after dictating play, hitting winners and varying the pace of her shots.

Humiston won the third set by a 6-2 count, however, to clinch the championship.

“I am very proud of Madeleine for finishing second out of 32 players at the ECIC tournament, as it is an amazing accomplishment — especially for a freshman,” DelSignore said. “It is physically challenging to play five matches in two days, but Madeleine showed great determination and maturity in competing all the way to the end. Humiston played very well, was extremely consistent and deserves credit, but Madeleine has a very bright future for sure.”

Eiss’ Saturday began with a 6-4, 6-3 semifinal round win over Lancaster’s Brooke Szymusiak. Eiss was able to neutralize Szymusiak’s power in that match.

To reach the semifinals — the round where DelSignore said Eiss “executed her plan very well and demonstrated smart decision making on the court”— Eiss had to defeat Cheektowaga’s Briann Kliber (6-0, 6-0), Iroquois’ Kristina Hryshchuk (6-1, 6-1) and Williamsville East’s Olivia Bakshi (6-2, 6-1) in Friday’s opening rounds of tournament action.

Teammate Mia Fasanello, meanwhile, lost her first-round match to Maryvale’s top singles player, Candace Schroeder, by 6-3, 6-1 scores.

Prior to ECICs, the Lady Red Devils were able to top Frontier on Senior Day to improve to 10-2 overall and 6-2 against ECIC I competition. Clarence will technically complete its regular season today and Thursday when it hosts Lancaster and travels to Orchard Park, respectively, for previously postponed matches.

The Lady Red Devils were also slated to host the

Gold Bracket for the Team Championships on Tuesday, but information about that tournament was not available at press time. Clarence, which had been a Silver Bracket participant for the past few years, welcomed Niagara Wheatfield, Lockport, Grand Island, Orchard Park, Williamsville East, Iroquois and Maryvale for a battle to see which of the area’s top ECIC schools would come out on top.

Several members of the Lady Red Devils will continue their pursuit of individual postseason success this weekend with the ECIC Doubles Championships tournament at the Village Glen. The tandems of Caroline Bolton and Chloe Esch, as well as Teresa Lin and Jaime King, will represent Clarence.

Eiss, meanwhile, will return to the court on Thursday, Oct. 19, to take part in the Section VI Singles Tournament at the Miller Tennis Center.

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