Gwenneth Mattia and Josie Libby discovered what they have been searching for closing 12 months, a lane into the highschool ladies tennis state championships, once they determined to workforce up at the court docket. 

Libby and Mattia are in combination once more and excited to go again to the state match, November 2-Four in Latham, Albany County. Mattia, a senior, and Libby, a junior, received the Segment V State Qualifier doubles match ultimate Saturday, 6-2, 6-4, over Hannah Kim and Selin Akbas in a matchup of Pittsford Sutherland teammates. 

“I am happy with us, it took a large number of paintings,” Mattia stated. “Final 12 months, it was once more or less a random resolution (to play in combination). I feel understanding that we’ve got a large number of excellent singles avid gamers in our segment it was once an opportunity for us to visit states.

“After which we discovered how excellent we will be as a workforce and it simply (stepped forward) from there.”

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Libby and Mattia positioned fourth on the 2018 state championships. Kim and Akbas additionally certified for states, together with third-place finishers Alexa Monrad and Stephanie Romero, who’re teammates at Webster Schroeder.

“I am for sure excited, it is such a lot amusing,” Mattia stated. “We get to play all of those giant groups, and they’re so excellent. It is so other and it is so intense.” 

Mercy senior Julia Andreach, a state champion singles participant as a sophomore, defeated Pittsford Mendon junior and state qualifier Jessica Bodewes, 6-0, 6-0, within the Segment V singles state qualifier ultimate.

Harley-Allendale Columbia’s Anastasia Gubanova received the match’s third-place fit, however since Segment V was once granted a fourth spot at states within the singles draw this season, Brighton’s Elizabeth Norris additionally complex.

“This will probably be my fourth (travel to states),” Bodewes stated. “8th-grade I performed with Joyce Luo. 9th-grade I performed with Joyce Luo, after which closing 12 months I performed with my sister (Sarah Bodewes, the 2018 Democrat and Chronicle All-Larger Rochester Participant of the 12 months).

“The primary 12 months I used to be within the 8th grade, I did not truly know what was once going down. That was once OK, we made it to the quarterfinals. The 12 months after that, my spouse and I were given fifth-place after which closing 12 months, my sister and I virtually received it within the finals. 3 units, it was once truly shut. We had the danger to win it. I have by no means performed singles on the state match.” 

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