After losing in the North sectional semifinals both her freshman and sophomore seasons, Hopkinton junior Dennison LaMachia has gotten over that hurdle. The undefeated Tri-Valley League All-Star defeated Concord-Carlisle’s Maddie King in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 in Saturday’s girls’ tennis North sectional semifinals at Lexington High School.
“It’s awesome,’’ LaMachia said. “I’m excited for the [championship] match.’’
LaMachia defeated Central Catholic’s Jackie Carroll, 6-1, 6-3, to advance to the semifinal against King. Having to battle warm temperatures and consecutive matches, LaMachia said, made getting through her second match tough.
LaMachia will take on Concord-Carlisle’s Julia Cancio in Sunday’s championship match, after Cancio battled to a 6-4, 6-2 semifinal victory over Lincoln-Sudbury’s Kaila Nelson.
Nelson’s quarterfinal opponent was scratched because of injury, which gave her the morning off and fresh legs to begin the semifinal round. Cancio got out to a 5-0 lead in the first set, but Nelson battled back to make it 5-4. Cancio took the set after winning a tough sixth game.
“I was missing more shots and she started playing smarter,’’ Cancio said. “So the combination frustrated me.’’
Cancio took a commanding lead in the second set, going up, 4-0, before Nelson was able to take a game, pushing the set to 4-1. The two then traded games, but with the set at 5-2, Cancio took control of the sixth game for the win.
Cancio won her quarterfinal match against Acton-Boxboro’s Diana Do, 6-0, 6-0, which she said gave her momentum heading into the semis.
Joining Cancio in the finals are her teammates, doubles pair Bella Stone and Hailey Hoffman, who won their semifinal against Marblehead’s Morgan Stanijet and Lindsey Cohen, 6-2, 6-4.
Concord-Carlisle’s doubles team will face off against Lauren Bamel and Mei Kasif from Newton South. They defeated Sara Cowles and Maya Biswas of Bedford, 6-2, 6-2.
Southgirls - Barnstable will win the South doubles championship. The Red Raiders’ No. 1 team of Meghan Talerman and Kelsey Tynan will take on their teammates, the second doubles duo of Gabrielle Riley and Maggie Pedicini in Sunday’s championship match.
Talerman and Tynan defeated Emily Richard and Roisin Sullivan of Scituate, 6-1, 7-5, in the semifinals and Riley and Pedicini won their semifinal match, 6-4, 6-4, over Ursuline’s duo of Sara and Emily Curtis.
Sunday’s South singles championship match will feature Cohasset’s Emma Harris and Foxboro’s Alana Prinos. Harris won her semifinal, 6-3, 6-1, over Erika Nannery of Cohasset. Prinos defeated Brookline’s Marie Fleming, 6-0, 6-0.
Northboys - Lexington will have a shot at a sweep, as it has both its No. 1 doubles pair of Dan Moffa and Jonah Baber and singles player Mark Pronchick competing in Sunday’s championship matches.
Moffa and Baber will take on St. John’s Mark Corvi and Ian Wright. Pronchick will face Weston’s Ethan Chen.
Southboys - Aaron Revzin of Needham will take on teammate Aaron Segel in Sunday’s South championship match. Revzin defeated Brookline’s Alex Johnson, 6-0, 6-3, in the semifinal. Segel won his semifinal, 6-1, 6-2, over Patrick Wyeth of Cape Cod Academy.
Needham also has a chance to take home the doubles title, with its duo of Mitch Silverman and Ben Okonow taking on Sharon’s Eric Bloom and Jake Steinberg. Silverman and Okonow defeated Wellesley’s Matt DiBiase and Andres Kwart, 6-2, 6-1, in the semis. Bloom and Steinberg won theirs, 6-0, 7-6 (9-7), over Nathan Naste and Dylan Ironside of Wellesley.