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Second serve: More from girls tennis

Here an extra rally of notes about girls tennis, which which I wrote about today in the Scholastic Spotlight:

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Orchard Park can complete a perfect ECIC I season with wins against Frontier on Wednesday and Lancaster on Thursday. The Quakers, led by junior first singles player Caroline Bristol, have already swept rival Williamsville North.

"We're having an amazing year," said coach Sandy Trampert. "Caroline is just cool, calm and collected and just has matured into a beautiful player. She's grown a lot stronger and attacks from the baseline and at the net."

Trampert also raved about third singles player Katie Pasier, a junior who was relegated to exhibition matches last year for one of Western New York's strongest programs.

"She worked so hard on her game, and she's elevated it to a high degree," said Trampert. "She's been extremely aggressive, and has some amazing angle shots. An amazing amount of improvement from last year to this year."

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Niagara-Wheatfield coach Kristin Janese has some research to do -- she asked around in the athletic department when the last time the school had a season like this year's (12-1 going into today's season finale) -- but no one knew.

Janese is a 1997 graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield who was a Division III All-American at Cortland State in 2000. Kenmore East and Kenmore West have had most of the success in the Niagara Frontier League since then.

"When I played for the team," she said, "I don't remember us every having a record like this."

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The doubles team of Rebecca Lawrence and Jessica Johnston of Fredonia, who were the top qualifiers from the CCIAC last year, will compete in the doubles tournament again this year.

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Williamsville East says it will be researching its very successful history soon. Well, here's a start.

According to News clippings, East has won 56 ECIC league matches over the last five years, going 12-0 in 2004, '05 and '06 and 10-0 the last two seasons. We'll try and dig some more numbers up soon.

---Keith McShea

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