The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders tennis team advanced to the District Nine Team Tennis finals with a 5-0 victory over the Lady Rovers of Brockway in the semifinals held on Monday afternoon at Benzinger Park.
"Today we started the first round of this yearâ€™s District Team Tennis tournament against a young but improving Brockway squad. Brockway has a very nice team, they are well coached; they played very well today," said Pete Meier, ECCHS head coach. "We played some of our best tennis so far and the girls came away with a well-deserved win."
At #1 singles, Crystal Hanes won a 6-4, 6-0 match over Brockway's Brittany Johnson. "Crystal's serving was great, her shots were crisp today, as she kept her opponent moving," said Meier.
Loreal Housler gave Elk County a win at #2 singles, defeating Chelsea Facchine by a 6-3, 4-0 (retired) score. "Loreal Housler also played extremely well in her win as her effort is always exceptional, and today she had another great match," stated Meier.
Ally Brock breezed to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at #3 singles, defeating Cassandra Foradori.
"Ally once again played fantastic tennis as she continues to improve with each match," added Meier.
Megan Fritz and Brittany Auman took the #1 doubles for the Lady Crusaders, defeating Kristin Moore and Rayna Barrow by a 6-1, 6-0 score.
"Megan and Brittany have developed into a very good doubles team in recent weeks and are really playing super tennis for us," Meier said.
The second doubles match, which was shortened by weather, found Laira Reuscher and Maria Gismondi of ECCHS winning over McKenzie Bart and Abigail Larson by a 6-0 and 3-1 score.
"Laira and Maria were in command, winning the first set and leading in the second before the weather forced the match to be shorted. They are great doubles partners. They play very well together," said Meier.
Elk Catholic will now meet St. Marys Area for the District Nine Championship on Monday, Oct. 18, at a site and time to be announced.