Orchard Park swept both titles Saturday as the Section VI Girls Tennis Championships concluded at the Southtowns Tennis Center in Orchard Park.
It was an all-Quaker singles final with sophomores Amy Thomas and Krista Thomson going head-to-head. Thomas edged her teammate, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.
In doubles, senior Leah Wasielewski and her partner, seventh-grader Kelly Baritot, scored a straight-sets victory over Kenmore West's Michelle and Lindsay Brown, the top seeds from the Niagara Frontier League, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
The top three singles finishers and the top three in doubles will represent the section in state competition beginning Monday at the Concord Resort in the Catskills.
Wasielewski and Baritot were ECIC tournament champions and top-seeded for sectional play. After breezing by Kim Tasca and Nicole Becker of Kenmore East in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-1, the Orchard Park doubles team had a tougher go of it in the final.
"We had to put every volley away against these girls. They're just too good to try and go back and forth with," said Wasielewski, who came in third in sectionals last year with departed teammate Erin Wallace. She will be making her fourth doubles appearance in the state tournament.
Meanwhile, Baritot showed the poise that has made her a success at a young age. "I know most of these girls and I know I can play with them," she said. "To be going to states as a seventh-grader is a pretty awesome feeling."
In singles, Thomas had another good day. She was down a break in the opening set against Kristen Janese of Niagara-Wheatfield in the semifinals, but forced a tiebreaker and won, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Then, for the second week in a row, Thomas had to defeat teammate to win the title. Last week, she beat Michelle Mercer in the ECIC tournament.
"It's really hard to play against a teammate. You really want to win, yet you never want to win at the expense of a friend," Thomas said.
"I just went out there and played consistently. I feel that's why I was successful this weekend. I served well all tournament, but I feel like I can improve on my volleys to play even better in the state competition."
Janese won in the consolation round over Kallie Speller of East Aurora, 6-4, 6-2, to join Thomas and Thomson as the section's state singles representatives (Thompson beat Speller in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-3). The victory sends Janese to the states for the first time in five years. This was her fifth sectional tournament, three as a singles competitor and twice in doubles.
"It feels great to finally get an opportunity to go and compete. I couldn't be happier," she said.
The doubles squads will consist of Wasielewski and Baritot, Brown and Brown, and Nicole Sargent and Andrea Sweeney of Hamburg.
Sweeney and Sargent, Section VI state representatives last year, beat Tasca and Becker (Kenmore East), 6-7 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, in the consolation finals.
"It was an amazing comeback in which the experience of the girls was a deciding factor, having been to last year's state tournament," Hamburg coach Marty Snyder said.