Lady Crusaders defend District 9-AA team tennis title

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader tennis team successfully defended their District 9-AA tennis team championship on Monday by defeating the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch by a 4-1 score in a match played at Memorial Park.“Our girls were ready to play today,” said ECCHS coach Pete Meier. “It was a great season.“This was the best that Abby Meyer and Loreal Housler have played in four years. They were outstanding. Loreal battled against a tough opponent.“Laira Reuscher played a great match against a good player in Marta Vega, who hasn’t lost all year. St. Marys has a nice team and they also have the District 9-AA singles champ in Amy Orr. “Maria (Gismondi) and Sophie (Herzing) played well today. It was a good match between two really good teams.” The Lady Crusaders took a 1-0 lead as the first match completed was first singles, where ECC’s Abby Meyer defeated Amy Orr 6-0, 6 -3.Elk Catholic took the 2-0 lead when Loreal Housler defeated Mary Rosman 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 at second singles.St. Marys picked up their lone victory of the afternoon at third singles when Marta Vega defeated Laira Reuscher 6-1, 6-2, cutting Elk’s lead to 2-1.Elk Catholic’s first doubles team of Maria Gismondi and Sophie Herzing gave the Lady Crusaders the title when they defeated Chelsea Agosti and Aubrey Wiesner 6-1, 6-2.In the final match of the day, ECC’s Abby Wittman and Kristin Dippold downed Danielle McCoy and Stephanie Buerk 6-1, 6-1.“We had a good season,” said St. Marys coach Sue Lepovetsky. “The girls did well today; unfortunately, we didn’t come out on top. We battled through a lot of injuries today.” The Lady Crusaders will now enter the PIAA Class AA team tournament. Elk will meet the District 7 champion on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Lakeview Tennis Club in Valencia.In the Class AAA championship match played at Benzinger Park, DuBois Area defeated Punxsutawney 5-0 to advance to the PIAA Class AAA tournament, where they will meet the District 7 champion on Oct. 25.The results of the District 9-AA finals are as follows:First singles - Abby Meyer - EC over Amy Orr - SM 6-0, 6-3.Second singles - Loreal Housler - EC over Mary Rosman - SM 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.Third singles - Marta Vega - SM over Laira Reuscher - EC 6-4, 6-3.First Doubles - Maria Gismondi and Sophie Herzing - EC over Aubrey Wiesner and Chelsea Agosti 6-1, 6-2.Second Doubles - Abby Wittman and Kristin Dippold - EC over Danielle McCoy and Stephanie Buerk - SM 6-1, 6-1.