It isn’t the loss in the semifinals that Maranda Sears will carry with her into the offseason, but her route there. The Arlington High School tennis standout concluded a dominant season on Wednesday, falling short in the Section 1 tennis tournament at Harrison High School.
Sears was dealt only her second defeat of the season, losing to Suffern’s Sydney Kaplan, 2-6, 6-1, 7-5.
“I still feel accomplished,” Sears said. “I played really well, and I think overall, I had a good season.”
That included dispatching the top seed in this tournament in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Sears beat Yorktown’s Caitlyn Ferrante, 7-5, 6-3, to advance — and make a statement.
““That was a very sweet victory,” Arlington coach Gail Lynch said. “Maranda had beaten (Ferrante) in the regular season, but she was unseeded for this tournament. I thought she should’ve been. So that victory kind of made a point. I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Sears said this loss provides added motivation for next season. “I’m gonna do my best to come back even stronger,” she said. “I know I can get better.”
Julia Rusk had six assists and three kills to lead host Marlboro over Onteora, 25-19, 25-13, 25-12, on Wednesday.
Ashley Votta added five aces, three digs and a kill, and Ashley Gaffney had four aces, three kills and a block for the Iron Dukes (11-5).
Arlington 3, Roy C. Ketcham 0 — Kira Payman had 12 kills and six digs to lead host Arlington in a 25-20, 25-16, 25-16 win late Tuesday. Rachael Torella added four service aces, two kills, eight assists and seven digs for the Admirals (11-3).
Claryssa Lotocky had four kills, Alyssa Connell had seven assists and eight digs, Kate Murphy had four aces, nine kills and two digs, Erin Mahoney had five kills, a block and three digs, Kiara Allen had two service aces and 15 digs, Afoma Ezeilo had a kill, and Zarissa Wheeler had two service aces, two blocks and three digs for Arlington.
Courtney Friday had five kills, Courtney Novick had five kills and seven digs and Alexis Sabatelle had 17 assists, three aces and five digs for Ketcham.
The Admirals visit Pawling at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Millbrook’s Chris Estremera took first in the 5K, completing the course in 19:12 to lead his team in a quad-meet at Mills Mansion. Teammate Sam Salander finished second (20:41) and Ryan King took third (21:15). Webutuck’s Aldo Martinez placed fourth (21:16). Rhinebeck’s Lyle Schwartz finished sixth (21:24). Millbrook beat Webutuck, 15-50, Rhinebeck 20-35, and Coleman, 15-50.
Kaitlin Daly took third (24:08) to lead the Millbrook girls team to victory. The Blazers beat Coleman, 15-50, Rhinebeck 20-35 and Webutuck,15-50.
Webutuck’s Taylor Edmundson took first (20:22) and teammate Lara D’Allesandro finished second (21:15). Millbrook’s Zoey Sosinsky (25:16), and teammates Lupita Cabrera finished in 25:17 and Hannah Fisher ran in 25:52.
Marlboro’s Cliff Rood took first, completing the 5K in 18:44 at the Milton Dome on Wednesday. Highland’s Jake Tomanocy placed second (18:48) and Spackenkill’s Joe Spranzman finished third (19:37).
Bryanna Mazzella took first (23:14) to lead the Marlboro girls team. Teammate Jen Hurd took second (23:27).
Red Hook’s Travis Kassner took first, completing the 5K at Millbrook High School in 18:17 in a tri-meet late Wednesday. New Paltz’s A.J. Fazio took third (19:13) and teammate Logan Linares fourth (19:27). Red Hook’s Ethan Husted placed fifth (19:29).
Jessica Cohen took first (20:55) for the New Paltz girls team. Red Hook’s Sheena McNulty-Dwyer finished second (21:22), New Paltz’s Jordan Nagel placed third (21:49) and Red Hook’s Mia Michaelides took fourth (22:02).