MOUNTAIN LAKES _ Daniela Rosen, half of Mountain Lakes' second doubles team, sometimes finds it a challenge to stay focused for each point.
Concentration didn't seem to be an issue, though, as Rosen and her partner, Kim Chan, didn't allow Kinnelon to win a game in their match on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Rosen, a senior, was effective in the frontcourt and Chan, a junior, excelled at the baseline, helping the top-seeded Lakers to a win over the eighth-seeded Colts in a North Jersey Section 1, Group II quarterfinal.
The first and second singles positions won for Mountain Lakes. The third singles match was a draw and was called with the score tied, 5-5.
"We take it one match at a time," Lakers coach Ginny O'Donnell said.
O'Donnell was especially pleased with the play of Rosen and Chan, who seemed to be in perfect sync.
"Daniela and Kim played the best I've seen them play," O'Donnell said. "They've done it all year but they were awesome today."
According to Rosen, she and Chan simply "took it point by point and kept working."
Rosen, a co-captain along with Gina Tomarchio, was responsible for volleying and was exceptional with her overhead shots when she and Chan prevailed, 6-0, 6-0. Chan was tough in the backcourt, hitting consistent groundstrokes.
"I think we were just ready to win," Rosen said. "We wanted it."
Sophomore Emily Eckert, coming off a superb showing in the NJSIAA Singles Tournament, was dominant in her first singles match, dispatching the Colts' Katie Veltri, 6-0, 6-0.
Eckert, the first Mountain Lakes player to make it to the second round of the singles tourney, sent her record to 8-2 against Veltri, one of her friends. It was damp and chilly when the two slugged it out.
"I'm definitely happy with how I moved," Eckert said. "It was cold so I was numb. I stayed positive. This was tough competition. It was a big one to win."
Freshman Emily Krupnick, whose nickname is "Rookie," realized the importance of the match and recalled when the teams met last month and used her "bad experience" to take command early versus Emily Potter.
Krupnick breezed through the first set, 6-1, in September then dropped the tie-breaker second set, 6-7 (3-7), before pulling it out, 6-4. On Tuesday, there was no drama as Krupnick notched a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
"I went for a lot of shots today but she kept hitting them back," said Krupnick, a triplet. "I moved her well but she got to everything. Fortunately, I did well at the net."
Liz Slyfield, a transfer from Villa Walsh, earned Kinnelon its half point by playing to a 5-5 draw with Sabrina Fiacco. Since becoming eligible, Slyfield is 3-0-1.
Tessa Burton and Julia Kirschenbaum of Mountain Lakes also came out on top at first doubles.
"We're doing well," Colts coach Jon Cataldi said. "Mountain Lakes is a stronger team. No question about it. They deserve credit."
Although the Lakers already had beaten Kinnelon this fall, they were worried about playing their familiar NJAC-Independence Division foe again. Mountain Lakes, which will clash with the Colts again on Friday, has much respect for the Colts.
"We knew they'd be good competition," Tomarchio said. "It's a rivalry but a bit of a friendly one. We're excited about this and for the next round. I think we can pull it off."
Mountain Lakes will face the winner of No. 5 Ramsey and No. 2 Glen Rock in the semifinals on Thursday, Oct. 11.
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