OCC WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM WINS FIRST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 26 SEASONS

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Lazers head to national tournament with team made up entirely of Central New York High School graduates.

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 put the Lazers in next month’s national tournament. All seven members of the team are graduates of Central New York high schools.

Each member 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 win 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. Those wins clinched the Regional Title for the Lazers.

Onondaga’s Matt Stevenson was named Region III Coach of the Year.

The Lazers are now preparing 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

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Onondaga Community College is a two-year college located on a 280-acre campus in Syracuse, NY. OCC operates under the State University of New York (SUNY) system and is locally sponsored by Onondaga County. Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees are available on campus through the Regional Higher Education Center. OCC is an Achieving the Dream college and has been named a “Military Friendly” school by G.I. Jobs Magazine for its service to student veterans. The College’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility has earned it recognition as one of “The 10 Best Green Schools in America 2018” by The Knowledge Review, a “Green College” by the Princeton Review, a “Cool School” by the Sierra Club and a “Sustainable Campus” by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. A 2017 report titled “The Economic Value of Onondaga Community College” shows students enjoy an attractive 18% rate of return on their educational investment. For every dollar of support from state and local governments, taxpayers see a return of $6.70 on their investments. OCC’s 17 athletics teams have won 15 national championships. Learn more about what’s happening on campus at www.news.sunyocc.edu.

Post Date

Oct 9th 2018