ROTTERDAM – Deja Vu on Tuesday led to a 4-0 lead against Loren Cuomo of Schenectady / Mohonasen.
The first time it was difficult for her to finish the set, and after again taking the lead in the second with a score of 4: 0, Mohonasen Sr. did not let the difficult part repeat itself.
The best seeded in the tournament finished 6-0, beating Gilderland’s No. 3 junior Katrina Sechenkova, 6-3, 6-0 in the Girls’ Section II individual championship at Sportime.
Did we mention déjà vu?
It was also the fourth Section II championship for Cuomo, who was in eighth grade when she won her first back in 2017.
“The biggest difference is that experience,” Cuomo said. “Now I am the oldest in the tournament, whereas before I was always the youngest, and you enter without pressure. When I was in eighth grade, I thought, “Oh, let’s just see what happens, slap in the face with our hands.”
Cuomo admitted that on Tuesday she felt the pressure to win, and if she started to be felt in the later stages of the first set, she was able to recover.
Sechenkova twice in a row violated Cuomo’s serve to go into the 5: 2 interval, and then kept her serve 5: 3.
She then received a deuce in the next game, but Cuomo ended it with a sharp, victorious backhand in the line.
“To be honest, I think the main thing is to stay free,” Cuomo said. “I kept saying to myself, ‘Hold on, don’t think about counting.’ At some point it was 5: 3, and I thought, “Zero-zero.” I had to pretend like I had just started typing. I tried to serve him and felt a little stressed.
“It’s always scary because people are looking at you and you just need to close down. Since tennis is such a head sport, it’s all mental. There were a few like you were missing one of the drums and just wanted to hit yourself in the head. “
With the score 5-0 in the second set, Cuomo was threatened with a service failure, but she won four points in a row, the last three of which were winners on the left side.
The final was a 2019 championship rematch, but Cuomo, who said she tried to be more aggressive and score faster in the second set, hasn’t played Sechenkov since.
“I knew I needed to start in a strong position and not lose sight of the second because she definitely plays from behind,” Cuomo said. “I continued to win key games, for example 3-0, it was a great match.
“You want to be nudged and then you feel like you deserve to win more if you have to work for it. She definitely pushed me a little towards some of these long rallies. I didn’t expect an easy match. And even more pressure, of course, in the senior class. Imagine if I lose right here. “
Cuomo also drew inspiration from time to time in a nearby courtyard, where eighth grader Niskayuna Jivika Benki and seventh grader Olivia Dartavan showed their youthful excitement in the doubles championship against Anna Peles and Zara Patterson of Bethlehem.
Jumping between points and giving each other brutal multi-stage palm slaps and shoulder thrusts like baseball players after a home run, Benky and Dartavan wasted a 4-3 lead in the first set with a fifth seed, losing 6-4, but staggered. off to win the next two, 6-0, 6-2, for the championship.
“If we missed a beat, we didn’t fixate on it anymore,” Benkey said. “In the first set, I know I did it. But then we continued to hit more steadily. “
“I think we just started to believe in each other more and we both pumped each other up,” Dartavan said.
In addition to the final points to turn the match, friends from the first class also finish each other’s sentences.
“We’re just middle school students and winning the qualifiers, that’s not bad …” Bencky said. “… It’s fun too,” Dartavan said.
“They’re so cute,” Cuomo said. “I looked around and smiled a little from time to time. Of course, it’s fun to watch. “
In consolation matches, Yujong Choi of Niscayuna defeated Isabella Caldi of Ballston Spa 6: 1, 7: 6, while Shaker Mae Le and Faith Malo’s double team beat Isabel Pecora and Madeleine Sibenek of Saratoga Springs 6: 3, 6. -2.
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