UTICA — The Ichabod Crane Girls Tennis team lost a close match in the State Regionals in Utica to Section III Oneida, 3-2.
The loss completes the Riders 2021 season with a record of 16-1 and snaps a 35-match win streak dating back to September 2019.
In Regionals, Elise Brennan got the Riders started breezing to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles Oneida took the No. 2, No.3 singles and No. 2 doubles to claim the win. Gianna Sandagato lost in a tough three-setter at No. 2 singles 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.
Samatha Lantzy lost in straight sets 2-6, 3-6. Mirroring the team’s success, the loss also broke Lantzy’s 35 match win streak. In an exciting No. 1 doubles match, Zoe Gieger and Maya Brennan took down Oneida 7-6, 2-6, 7-6. The win secured a perfect season record of 17-0 for Maya Brennan. In No. 2 doubles Oneida topped the Rider team of Shannon Ingham and Amara Gabriel 6-1, 6-0.
The Ichabod Crane girls, led by Coach Megan Yeats, have won three consecutive Colonial Council titles and four Section II titles. Additionally, Coach Yeats sent six players to Individual Sectionals this year. All six won their first round matches. Shannon Ingham reached Round two in Singles as did the doubles team of Gieger/M.Brennan. The doubles team of Sandagato/Lantzy reached the Round of 16 and Elise Brennan the quarterfinals in singles.
The match Saturday concluded the high school careers of seniors Shannon Ingham and Elise Brennan. Ingham has been a fixture in the Rider’s double success over the past four years. Brennan is a six-year singles starter and has anchored the No. 1 position since her freshman campaign.
Although the Riders will miss the contributions of Brennan and Ingham, Coach Yeats will have a strong group of players returning and are sure to be in the 2022 championship hunt.