GIRLS' TENNIS: York Suburban, York Catholic can't decide winner after 3 1/2 hours
Neither team won Tuesday's York Suburban-York Catholic girls' tennis match.
Darkness prevailed, forcing the players from the courts 3 1/2 hours following the start of the match. The York-Adams Division II rivals will resume play at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Suburban.
When play was stopped, Suburban held a 3-2 lead by virtue of having won three of the five singles matches.
York Catholic's Carolyn Thomas and Samantha Schwamb won the first set of the No. 1 doubles match, 6-3, while the No. 2 doubles match between York Catholic's Annie Javitt and Erin McBrairty and York Suburban's Liv Pindzola and Maddy McIlnay was tied at five all in the first set when play was suspended.
Pindzola, Bailey Cross and Elizabeth Huh earned singles points for the Trojans, and Thomas and Javitt recorded singles victories for the Fighting Irish. Javitt dropped the first set, but then rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory.
Huh knew that all eyes were on her and her opponent, Myra Hernandez, because their singles match was the last one to be completed.
The players went the distance at No. 5 in a hard-fought match in which Huh finally prevailed, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
"It was just a lot of pressure," Huh said. "I listened to my coach. She told me to concentrate on every point, to focus on every stroke, and not the match."
Huh, a junior, was a part of the Trojans' team in her freshman year, but didn't play last year.
"I didn't play last year in order to focus on my studies," she said. "I really missed the team."
Suburban head coach Rebecca Toman said that Huh is a "natural tennis player."
"She had a heavy academic load last year and wanted to concentrate on her studies. We're thrilled to have her back," Toman said. "That was a heck of a match she had today."
Toman wasn't surprised that the teams will need the doubles results to determine a winner.
"Both teams took hits in the lineup (due to graduation), and I knew this was going to be a close match," she said. "York Catholic and York Suburban is a nice rivalry, and it's always a close match."
OTHER GIRLS' TENNIS
Central York 6, Red Lion 1: At Red Lion, the Panthers breezed to victory by sweeping the singles matches. The tightest contest came at No. 3 singles, where Sophie Brink defeated Helen Zeidman, 6-2, 6-3. The win was highlighted by a 6-0, 6-0 win by Madison Mummert over Alison Miller.
Dallastown 6, New Oxford 1: At New Oxford, after dropping the No. 1 singles match, the Wildcats didn't lose a set the rest of the way. The closest match was Angela Freidrich's 7-5, 6-2 win against Brooke Moyer at No. 3 singles.
South Western 6, Susquehannock 1: At South Western, the Mustangs took four of the five singles matches in order to claim victory. The tightest victory was Regan Ford's 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win against Julianne Cassady.
West York 5, Spring Grove 2: At Spring Grove, the Bulldogs took care of business early, winning four of the five singles matches to secure the win. Bri McCaffrey's 6-1, 6-3 win versus Rachel Worley clinched the match for West York.
Northeastern 6, Dover 1: At Northeastern, a clean sweep of singles play helped the Bobcats cruise past their guests. Evonne Qiu was pushed to the limit at No. 2 singles before defeating Joann Ezibe, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.
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