Fersch, Morse win Delaware League tennis titles
By Marge Miller
Roxbury’s Alisa Fersch won the girls’ singles title while Margaretville’s Andersen Morse won the boys’ title at the Delaware League East Tennis Meet last week Tuesday at MCS. Fersch, seeded second for the day, defeated top-seed Sylwia Stopka of Hunter-Tannersville in a closely-fought, three-set match, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, while third seed Morse defeated longtime rival, second seed Alex Porter of WAJ, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
Morse had, earlier in the day, easily taken out top-seed Zack Clark of H-T in the semi-finals 6-2, 6-1.
Dante Tarantini of MCS was another semi-finalist for the Devils, losing to Porter in another close match, 7-5, 6-3. In the finals, Fersch handily bested Charlotte Valley’s Megan Hotaling, the tourney’s third seed for girls’ singles, 6-1, 6-2. Morse and Fersch are both seniors.
On the doubles side, an all-MCS final for girls will be played on a date yet to be determined pitting top-seeded Jessica Srp, a three-time champion in this category, and partner Michelle O’Reilly against another team of Lady Blue Devils comprised of Holly MacDonald and Kory Ancona.
Srp and O’Reilly defeated Kristin Spychalski and Devin Friedman of HT, 6-4, 6-1, to get to the final after besting Brittney Bell and Marina Eignor of RCS 10-4 in the quarterfinals. MacDonald and Ancona played three matches for the day to get into the final against their teammates, beating Laura Lawrence and Hanna Verhoeven of WAJ 6-4, 6-4 in the semis after a 10-5 defeat of Tiffany Faulkner and Kailtin Brew of RCS in the quarters.
Boys’ doubles was won for the second year in a row by top-seeds Karl Goettsche and Nick Porter of WAJ who defeated the second seeded team of Ken Aurigema and Jesse Vannucchi of HT, 6-1, 4-6, 6-0. Josh Rodriguez and Billy Svoboda of MCS were semi-finalists in the category, losing to Vanucci and Aurigema, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.
Porter and Goettsche bested Charlotte Valley’s Ian Kosciusko and Nic Brown, 6-0, 6-0, to get to their final spot.
All seven teams of the Delaware League competed in the match including Andes, Roxbury, Stamford, Hunter-Tannersville, Windham-Ashland-Jewitt, Charlott Valley and host Margaretville with over 60 players participating.