PLATTSBURGH — The Beekmantown girls’ tennis team pulled off what coach Jay Magiera called a “miraculous” win in the Section VII Class B semifinals against Lake Placid Thursday.
The Eagles beat the Blue Bombers last week, but Magiera said that match was protested and a committee of Athletic Directors determined that it had to be replayed. The do-over had been set for Wednesday, but when it was moved to Thursday, three Beekmantown regulars couldn’t make it.
Despite forfeiting two singles matches and using an athlete who usually plays exhibition, Beekmantown still prevailed, 3-2. The Eagles are set to face Northeastern Clinton in the final this afternoon.
“I really went in (Thursday) thinking it was over. I didn’t think we had a prayer,” Magiera said. “My girls played out of their minds. It was a nail-biter right to the end.”
Olivia Wyand picked up a win for Beekmantown at No. 2 singles while Lake Placid’s Natalia Smith and Victoria O’Leary earned points due to forfeits.
Euna Mae Namoc and Anna Stitt won No. 1 doubles in two sets to tie the score at 2-2, and then Kendra LaFountain and Sarah Wang had to go to a third-set tiebreaker before dispatching Kayla Hudson and Liza Marinis for the winning point.
Magiera said Lake Placid protested last week’s result because Beekmantown had moved No. 3 singles player Kiana Archer up to the No. 2 spot without a challenge match. He added that the committee ruled that he had to place Wyand back at No. 2 Thursday. Archer would have been at No. 3, but she was not able to attend.
Beekmantown 3, Lake Placid 2
No. 1- Smith (LP) won by forfeit. No. 2- Wyand (Beek) def. J. O’Leary, 6-2, 6-2. No. 3-
V. O’Leary (LP) won by forfeit.
No. 1- Namoc/ Stitt (Beek) def. Garrett/McGrew, 6-2, 6-3. No. 2-
LaFountain/Wang (Beek) def. Hudson/Marinis, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.