Onondaga Community College’s Women’s Tennis team made history over the weekend. The Lazers won their first NJCAA Region III Championship since 1992 and second in program history.
The victory was a total team effort. Each of the seven members of the team earned either First Team or Second Team All-Region honors by making it to a championship match in either singles or doubles. The Lazers competed in 8 of the 9 championship flights over the weekend and crowned 6 individuals in 4 separate flights.
On Saturday, the doubles pairing of Katie Lesselroth (Westhill HS) and Jennifer Lapp (Pulaski HS) capped an undefeated season with a championship at second doubles. Kaitlynn Ryan (Fulton HS) and Talitha Freeman (Westhill HS) were winners at third doubles, overcoming a team that had beaten them during the regular season.
After scoring an upset victory over the #2 seed in the semifinals, Micah Mixon (Marcellus HS) was eventually beaten by the #1 seed and 1st singles champion. Katie Lesselroth (Westhill HS), Jennifer Lapp (Pulaski HS) and Kaitlynn Ryan (Fulton HS) also lost in the finals at 2nd, 3rd and 4th singles respectively.
Kennedy Myers (Mexico) HS, 5th singles, and Jordan Cole (Phoenix HS), 6th singles, won their championship matches on Sunday morning and those wins clinched the Regional Title for the Lazers.
Onondaga’s Matt Stevenson was named Region III Coach of the Year.
The Lazers will now prepare for the NJCAA National Championships which will be held in Peachtree City, GA November 2-4. Last year OCC finished 5th in the national tournament.
The members of the 2018 Women’s Tennis team and their high schools are:
- Jordan Cole Phoenix HS
- Talitha Freeman Westhill HS
- Jenny Lapp Pulaski HS
- Katie Lesselroth Westhill HS
- Micah Mixon Marcellus HS
- Kennedy Myers Mexico HS
- Kaitlynn Ryan Fulton HS
Good luck in the national tournament Lazers!