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Hollins anchors OP title sweep in girls tennis

LAKEWOOD – One minute, Kristen Zablonski and Lauren Karoglan wrapped up a convincing title-clinching victory.

The next, on the adjacent court at the Lakewood YMCA, Jesse Hollins capped an even more dominant championship win.

Simply put, Saturday was a day to remember for Orchard Park at the Section VI girls tennis championships as the Quakers captured the top honors.

Zablonski and Karoglan defeated top-seeded Elizabeth Rowan and Victoria VanEvery of Southwestern, 6-1, 6-1, in the doubles final. Hollins, an eighth-grader and the No. 1 seed, blanked 2014 runner-up Georgianna Gens of Fredonia in the singles championship, 6-0, 6-0.

“I guess it really hasn’t sunk in,” said an emotional Sandy Trampert, Orchard Park’s coach. “It’s still like, ‘Wow! We did it.’ ”

OP’s champions move on to the state tournament Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Tri-City Tennis Center in Latham, near Albany.

Hollins cruised through the sectional tournament, winning her four matches in straight sets. The closest set was 6-2.

“I was just on a roll,” she said with a chuckle.

Trampert said, “I felt so confident in Jesse’s performance all through not only this tournament but through the whole season that it was a sigh of relief because she’s been playing so well.”

Hollins’ sister, Haley, now a freshman at Niagara University, won the singles title last fall. Another Hollins, Karli, was a Section VI doubles champion in 2010.

“It’s kind of fun to have sisters that are just like me,” Jesse Hollins said.

Zablonski and Karoglan, meanwhile, avenged a loss to Rowan and VanEvery in last year’s doubles final.

“I thought about” that match “the whole entire week at practice,” said Zablonski, a junior. “Coming into today, I was a little nervous, but I knew we could do it and pull it out.”

Her sophomore partner added, “We had a really long match last year. It went three sets and a tiebreaker, and this year … we were consistent, we hit hard and just from last year, we’ve improved so much.”

Zablonski and Karoglan needed three sets to top Williamsville North’s Erin Lippa and Eileen Wang, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, in the semifinals.

The top three sectional place finishers qualified for the state tournament.

In the third-place singles match, Clarence’s Nicole Kozinski defeated Southwestern’s Morgan Johnson, 6-2, 6-0, to earn her third trip to states.

Lippa and Wang beat Niagara-Wheatfield’s Nicole Dworzanski and Lila Trunzo, 6-1, 6-0, to take third place in doubles.

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