Lady Dutch tennis team edges Lady Crusaders 5-4

The St. Marys Area High School girls' tennis team defeated the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders 5-4 in a match played Wednesday afternoon at St. Marys Area High School."We lost a tough match to our crosstown rival," said ECC coach Pete Meier. "We had some good things happen in today's match and some things that didn't work out for us." In first singles, Amy Orr lost her match 2-6, 0-6 against ECC's Abby Meyer. "Abby Meyer played very well in her win at first singles. Abby continues to improve. She served well, and she had a good match today," Meier said. In second singles, SMA' s Mary Rosman came from behind to win in a third-set tiebreaker 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 against Loreal Housler. "It was a very good match between both girls," said St. Marys coach Sue Lepovetsky. In third singles, St. Marys Area's Marta Vega won her match 6-4, 6-3 against Laira Reuscher. In fourth singles, SMA's Aubrey Wiesner won her match 6-1, 6-3 against Maria Gismondi. "Laira Reuscher and Maria Gismondi got their first taste of playing on clay courts today. Both girls played well but fell short in straight sets," Meier said. In fifth singles, St. Marys' Chelsea Agosti won in a third-set tiebreaker 6-1, 2-6, 10-7 against Abby Wittman."Loreal Housler and Abby Wittman both lost tough three-set matches to very good opponents. Both girls played well, but just came up short in the tiebreaker," Meier said. "All the girls on both teams played hard-fought matches," Lepovetsky said. "It was nice to see good tennis being played by both teams."In first doubles, Lady Dutch players Amy Orr and Mary Rosman won their match in a tiebreaker 8-8 (7-5) against Abby Meyer and Loreal Housler. "Our doubles teams played very well with the deciding match coming at first doubles, where Abby Meyer and Loreal Housler lost a heartbreaking, hard-fought, back-and-forth match in a tiebreaker," Meier said. In second doubles, Aubrey Wiesner and Chelsea Agosti lost their match 2-8 to ECC's Laira Reuscher and Maria Gismondi. In third doubles, Marta Vega and Danielle McCoy lost their match 5-8 to Lady Crusaders Kristin Dippold and Abby Wittman. In fourth doubles, Rachel Ehrensberger and Megan McCoy lost their match 0-8 against ECC's Sophie Herzing and Brittany Auman. In exhibition, Emily Challingsworth and Becky Hanes lost their match 1-8 against Rachel Stauffer and Marla Scacchitti."We lost to a better opponent today. We had a rough day in the singles matches and we'll have to regroup, go back to practice, and work on getting better," Meier said. "I'm proud of our girls, they played a good match today, but we just ended up on the wrong side of the score."St. Marys is now 7-1 on the season and will travel to Punxsutawney today for a 3:30 p.m. match. Elk Catholic is now 7-4 on the season and will travel to Brockway next Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. match.