Lady Crusader tennis beats Clearfield 9-0

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader tennis team raised their record to 3-1 on the season Tuesday afternoon when they defeated the Clearfield Lady Bisons by a 9-0 score in a match played at Benzinger Park.“We played well against a young, inexperienced Clearfield squad. This was Clearfield’s first match of the season. They have a very nice group of young ladies. They’re enthusiastic about playing and there’s no doubt they’ll improve in their future matches,” said ECCHS coach Pete Meier.At first singles, ECC’s Abby Meyer defeated Lauren Whitmer 6-0, 6-0.At second singles, Loreal Housler of the Lady Crusaders defeated Yesh Patel 6-1, 6-0.Laira Reuscher of ECC defeated Liz Lanager 6-0, 6-0 at third singles.At fourth singles, Maria Gismondi of ECC beat Jen Grenus 6-0, 6-0.ECC’s Sophie Herzing defeated Abby Welker 6-0, 6-0 at fifth singles.“All of our singles matches went well for us. Loreal Housler and Laira Reuscher looked especially good at number two and number three singles, respectively,” said Meier.At first doubles, Kristin Dippold and Abby Wittman of ECC downed Whitmer and Lanager 8-0.At second doubles, ECC’s Maddie O’Leary and Brittany Auman defeated Patel and Grenus 8-0.Maura Keyes and Elizabeth Nicklas of ECC beat Welker and Emily Ramsey 8-0 at third doubles.At fourth doubles, Linnea Stager and Kathryn Ordiway of ECC beat Rayanna Kavelack and Rachel Johnson 8-1.“And once again we were able to gain some valuable experience in our doubles matches. Kristin Dippold and Abby Wittman played very well together in their number one doubles match and they are fun to watch,” Meier said.“We are still early in our season, but our girls are playing good tennis and I’m really proud of them. Our serving was the best it’s been this year and we continue to improve each time we play,” he added.Elk returns to action Thursday when they host Brockway at 3:30 p.m. at Benzinger Park.