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Headaches, congestion doom Peters-Washington in district tennis finals

DICK VANO'LINDA
YorkDispatch

HERSHEY — The Snyder sisters from Exeter weren't all that Central tennis star Yvonne Peters-Washington had to contend with on the final day of the District 3- AAA girls' tennis singles championships.

During her two matches, Peters-Washington dealt with headaches and congestion which, at times, drained her energy.

There were points in both matches when the Panthers' senior wasn't able to run down balls or deliver her powerful serve.

She made it through the first match in style with an amazing comeback rallying for a 5-7. 7-5, 6-4 victory over Ali Snyder in the semifinals. Peters-Washington was on the brink of defeat trailing 5-2 in the second set, but refused to lose.

The match consumed two hours and 45 minutes.

The Panthers' senior, though, wasn't able to complete the title match. She reached out her hand to congratulate Sammi Snyder with the Exeter junior leading 6-0, 4-2, in the final.

Snyder played an outstanding first set. Her groundstrokes were crisp and accurate, and she served three aces without a single double fault.

Peters-Washington took a medical timeout when she was down, 3-0, in the first set. Following the timeout, she returned to the court.

"I took some headache medicine, and I started to feel a little better, so I wanted to go back out after the timeout," Peters-Washington said.

"My parents didn't want me to go back out after the first set, but I didn't listen. I should have listened. I ended up breaking a string."

Peters-Washington fell behind 2-0 in the second set before winning the next two games.

She appeared to have the momentum, but the appearance was deceiving.

"I pushed myself way too much to get to two all," she said. "I was very drained."

Following the championship match, Peters-Washington's thoughts turned to her teammates.

"It was kind of irresponsible for me to play after the first set. We have a team match (Central vs. Cumberland Valley) tomorrow. I'm confident they can win without me, but I want to try and play."

Peters-Washington, who is in her first season with Central, was the No. 3-seeded player entering the district tournament.

She defeated Ali Snyder the No. 2-seed, before bowing to top-seeded Sammi Snyder.

"I'm still going to states, but I hate losing," said Peters-Washington who always aims for the gold medal.

"I need to get better (physically)."

Central coach Brad Andrews was proud of the way that Peters-Washington performed at less than 100 percent.

"That first match (against Ali Snyder), what resilience," Andrews said.

"She expended so much energy, though, and she's been battling headaches and flu-like symptoms since the county (York-Adams) doubles final (this past Thursday)."

— Reach Dick VanO'Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com