Five Windham tennis players reached the semifinal round of the Section Four Class C-D East championships Thursday at Camp Starlight in Hancock, giving the Warriors a chance to build on their team lead.
Fourth-seeded Luke Rasmussen and David Saunders will represent Windham during the East-West crossovers at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Binghamton Tennis Center as the doubles tandem upset second-seeded Liam Fontaine and Alex McCann, 6-1, 3-5, 7-5, in the semifinals.
Rasmussen and Saunders followed a first-round bye with a 6-0, 6-3 defeat of Chenango Forks’ Seamus Houlihan and Rob Wildoner in the round of 16. The Windham duo then topped fifth-seeded Karl Zaengle and Michael Anderson of Greene, 6-0, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.
Rasmussen and Saunders will join Greene’s of Connor Moriarity and Brian Leone at Tuesday’s crossovers. The Trojans’ top-seeded doubles team downed Windham’s Joe Pelham and Eddie Moran, 6-2, 6-0, in the other C-D East semifinal.
Windham’s Malcolm Seamans also reached the semifinals in singles play. The sixth seed followed a first-round bye with a 6-0, 6-1 defeat of Oxford’s Francisco Quintana in the round of 16. Seamans then trailed Nick Meno, 3-2, in the first set of their quarterfinal match when the Sidney junior withdrew because of an injury.
“We thought he fractured his wrist, but he didn’t,” Sidney coach Loraine Flyzik said of Meno, who entered the C-D East tournament as the third seed. “He had an X-ray. That’s how serious it was.”
Flyzik said Meno slipped while going for a backhand and pinned his racket and arm underneath the weight of his body. Meno suffered soft tissue damage to his right wrist, Flyzik said.
The injury cleared the way for Seamans to play top-seeded Michael Perry of Seton Catholic Central in the semifinal round. Seamans fell, 6-1, 6-1, as Perry earned one of the two automatic crossover berths in singles play. The other went to second-seeded Evan Piccano of Chenango Valley, who beat Roxbury’s Josh Riley, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, in the semifinals.