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DuBOIS - The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader tennis team captured the District 9 Class AA team championship Tuesday by defeating the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch by a 4-1 score in a match played at the DuBois Area High School courts.
The Lady Crusaders took the 1-0 lead when Laira Reuscher and Maria Gismondi defeated Stephanie Buerk and Kelly Dietz at second doubles, 6-4, 6-2.
â€śLaira and Maria got over early nerves to give us a big win,â€ť said ECCHS coach Pete Meier.
Elk made the score 2-0 when Megan Fritz and Ally Brock won 6-0, 6-4 at first doubles over Mary Rosman and Jamie VanAlstine.
â€śSeniors Megan Fritz and Ally Brock played probably the best match of the day and of the year,â€ť said Meier.
Elk Catholic clinched the championship when Kylie Auman beat Rachel Walker 6-2, 6-4 at first singles.
â€śTo have Kylie Auman come back was something special,â€ť commented Meier.
The Lady Crusaders took the 4-0 lead when Crystal Hanes defeated Allison Shields in a very good match by both girls, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) at second singles.
â€śCrystalâ€™s effort at second singles was outstanding. She is one of our best players,â€ť said Meier.
St. Marys made the score 4-1 when Amy Orr defeated Loreal Housler 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 at third singles in the last match of the day.
â€śLoreal has been our crunch player all year, although she was under the weather today, but I thought Amy Orr played a great match,â€ť said Meier.
â€śMy girls played really well today,â€ť said St. Marys coach Sue Lepovetsky.
The Lady Crusaders will enter the PIAA Class AA tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 26, when they take on the District 7 runner-up at a site and time to be announced.
The DuBois Area Lady Beavers captured the District 9-AAA championship, defeating the Bradford Lady Owls by a 4-1 margin in a match played at Benzinger Park.
DuBois will also be in action on Oct. 26 at a site and time to be announced against the District 8 champion.