Lady Crusader tennis downs Ramettes 9-0

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader tennis team remained undefeated with a 9-0 win over Johnsonburg on Tuesday afternoon in contests played at Benzinger and Memorial parks. "Today was a near-perfect day for a tennis match against a very nice and greatly improved Johnsonburg squad," said ECC coach Pete Meier. "Both teams played very well and the fans were treated to some very good tennis. It's always fun playing Johnsonburg. They are well-coached, they have nice girls, and they play good tennis."At first singles, ECC's Laira Reuscher defeated Riley Fannin 6-0, 6-0. "Laira Reuscher continues to play very well for us at #1 singles," Meier said. Maria Gismondi gave ECC a win at second singles, defeating Josie DelRio 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Lady Crusader Kristin Dippold beat Andrea Allegretto 6-0, 6-1. "Both Maria Gismondi and Kristin Dippold looked good in winning at #2 and #3 singles, respectively," Meier said. At fourth singles, ECC's Sophie Herzing defeated Paige Martonik 6-3, 6-2 and, at fifth singles, Abby Wittman completed the ECC singles sweep with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Cheyenne Johnson. "Sophie Herzing and Abby Wittman each won hard-fought matches in winning at #4 and #5 singles," Meier said. Elk Catholic also swept all four doubles matches. At first doubles, Marla Scacchitti and Rachel Stauffer beat Riley Fannin and Paige Martonik 8-2. At second doubles, Linnea Stager and Elizabeth Nicklas defeated Josie DelRio and Andrea Allegretto 8-1. At third doubles, Maura Keyes and Natalie Reichard took an 8-2 win over Paige Secco and Cheyenne Johnson. At fourth doubles, Danielle Healy and Megan McKenna took an 8-3 win over Megan Fannin and Olivia Perez McGill. "Our doubles teams continue to improve, and today they all played great tennis," Meier said. "It's hard to single out any one pair, but Maura Keyes and Natalie Reichard had some great shots in their win at #3 doubles."Several younger players also had the opportunity to compete in exhibition. "We have a lot of newer players this year and all of them showed great improvement in their exhibition matches today. Both teams have some very good younger players and it's great when they get to showcase that talent on the court," Meier said. In exhibition for ECC, KaliAnn Kirst and Sophie Viglione won 6-2, Hannah Wittman and Darby Hetrick won 6-1, Maddie Foringer and Brittany Lenze lost 2-6, Ann Oridway and Danielle Wolfel were tied 3-3 when play was suspended, and Torie Gleixner and Meaghan Coppolo were winning 3-1 when play was suspended. "We're halfway through our regular season and our girls have played very well so far. We have some big matches ahead of us, but we continue to improve and we're having fun," Meier said. "On a side note, two of our senior players, Kristin Dippold and Sophie Herzing, have been honored by being selected for this year's homecoming court. We have 23 of the nicest young ladies you will ever meet and it's nice to see that some of these girls get recognized. This year's team has been a wonderful group to coach, they played another great match today, and I am extremely proud of all of them." Elk Catholic will be back in action on Thursday as they host Bradford in a 3:30 p.m. match at Benzinger and Memorial parks.