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Khmylev breezes to ECIC title

Olga Khmylev of Williamsville East defeated teammate Miranda Podlas, 6-1, 6-2, to win her second straight ECIC girls tennis singles title on Saturday at the Village Glen.

The Flames' senior won all five matches on her march to the title, dropping just three games along the way.

"My serve was definitely the biggest weapon throughout the tournament," said Khmylev, who has verbally committed to Boston College. "I got a lot of free points on that, and when they could put a racquet on it, they would miss or it would be an easy point for me on the second ball. I felt like it was over 90 percent, it was just on."

Caroline Bristol of Orchard Park defeated Franzi Wohlfarth of Frontier, 6-4, 6-2, in the third-place match.

The top eight advance to the Section VI tournament Oct. 24-25 back at the Glen. Joining Khmylev, Podlas, Bristol and Wohlfarth as qualifiers were: Becky Tobias (Hamburg), Courtney Smith (JFK), Arianna Musilli (West Seneca East) and Jesse Lewandowski (Sweet Home).


Cross country

Section VI cross country had a great showing at the Suffolk County Officials Invitational at Long Island's Sunken Meadow State Park, which will be the site of the state meet on Nov. 8.

The West Seneca West girls won the 13-team "B" race with Chelsea Needham winning in 20:32.9. Emily Sullivan was second (20:45.1) as the Indians took four of the first five positions. West had 31 points to 51 for Fredonia, which was led by Carlene Sluberski (ninth) and Alissa Conti (10th).

Fredonia boys won the 13-team "A" race with 76 points to beat out Grand Island. The race was won by Hamburg's Joe Whelan in 16:30.0. Grand Island's Evan Tsembelis was second in 17:02. Fredonia's top finisher was Tom Conti, who took ninth in 18:33; teammate Alex Wills was 13th.

*Canisius' Jordan Hamm earned the outstanding runner of the meet award as he won the Alden Bulldogs Stampede in 15:58.8.

East Aurora rolled to wins in three divisions. Lyle O'Brien (16:12.5) won the boys small school race while EA won both girls' races. The Blue Devil girls had four finishers in the top 10 to win the large school race; a second EA squad then put five in the top 10 of the small school race.

The girls races were won by Amherst's Brenna Symoniak (18:27.4 in large schools) and Alden's Jaime Wallace (18:40.0 in small schools).

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