MENDON — Twin sisters Molly and Claire Pullen are hoping to qualify for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.
They passed a difficult first-round test. Next up will be their biggest challenge yet.
The Section V Class B2 champions from Penn Yan Academy advanced to the quarterfinals of the NYSPHSAA qualifying tournament with two victories Wednesday at Mendon Racquet and Pool Club.
Handed a tough opening-round draw, they rallied to outlast Our Lady of Mercy’s Tessa Hartzell and Alanna Jordan, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. The Pullens won a second-set tiebreaker 7-3 to force a decisive third set.
The Pullens followed by steamrolling Class C2 champions Susie Moore and Kendra Pinckney of Prattsburgh, the No. 8 seed, 6-0, 6-0 in the second round.
Molly and Claire now face the top-seeded Pittsford Sutherland tandem of Josie Libby and Gwenneth Mattia in Friday’s quarterfinal round. If they pull the upset, the Pullens will need one more victory to advance to states.
One other area doubles squad, Marcus Whitman’s Caty Goodman and Kaitlyn Hopper, captured a first-round victory before bowing out in the second round.
In singles play, Penn Yan’s Abigail Garvey posted a first-round victory before falling to top-seeded Julia Andreach of Mercy in the second round. Whitman’s Alaina Dhondt also claimed a first-round triumph before being eliminated in the second round.