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GIRLS' TENNIS: Central York's Peters-Washington makes big impact in lone year in York-Adams League

DICK VanO'LINDA
YorkDispatch

Yvonne Peters-Washington's tennis career at Central York High School won't be a lengthy one, but it definitely promises to be a distinguished one.

Peters-Washington, a senior, is in her first season with the Panthers after transferring this past April from State College High. She's also the No. 1-seeded player for the York-Adams Class AAA Singles Girls' Tennis Tournament after her powerful ground strokes carried her to victories in every match during the regular season. The league tournament begins Friday at South Western.

Peters-Washington and her partner, Jenn Elder, are also the top-seeded team for the AAA doubles event, which starts Tuesday.

"I'm really excited about playing in the tournaments," said Peters-Washington, who won the District 6-AAA singles title and advanced to the PIAA state quarterfinals last year at State College. "I'm favored to win, but I'm not going to let that get to me. It's important to have confidence, but not be arrogant," she said.

Peters-Washington arrived at Central during a sad time in her young life following the death of her mother. She credits family and friends with helping her face the dark days. In turn, Peters-Washington, in addition to working on her own game, helps teammates with their games.

"I was really nervous that the girls wouldn't take to my instruction, but the girls put their best foot forward. They've been very welcoming," she said.

Peters-Washington, who plays at No. 1 singles, and Elder, who plays at No. 3, developed into a dominating doubles team in their first season together.

"Yvonne is very experienced and very aggressive at the net," Central head coach Brad Andrews said. "Jen is very quick and refuses to give up. She'll track every ball down."

Elder rolled her ankle during the match vs. South Western, but she refused to leave the court.

"I told her that we already won the match," Andrews said. "But, she said, 'Coach, I want to play.' Tough kid."

Peters-Washington and Elder didn't take long to bond.

"Jenn and I are great partners," Peters-Washington said. "We've only played together four times, but we're just so in sync."

Seedings: Peters-Washington and Elder own a victory over the No. 2-seeded team, Christie Friedrich and Angela Friedrich, of Dallastown. The Friedrichs won the AAA doubles title last year. Another Dallastown duo, Chloe Berridge and Madi Reed, is seeded third, followed by Madi Bortner and Regan Ford of South Western.

The seeded players in AAA singles are, in order: Peters-Washington, Laura Zielinski of Northeastern, Dagney Markle of New Oxford, Christie Friedrich, Berridge, Maddie Mummert of Central, Kristina Snyder of Red Lion and Bortner.

Alyssa Neudecker of Delone Catholic is the No. 1 seed in AA singles, followed by Alyssa Miller of Kennard-Dale, Brooke Yurick of Bermudian Springs, Ellie Neudecker of Delone, Morgan Orndorff of Biglerville, Carolyn Thomas of York Catholic, Samantha Clancy of York Suburban and Katie Thomas of Delone.

The Neudecker sisters hold the top seed in AA doubles. Miller and Claire Boone of Kennard-Dale, Thomas and Samantha Schwamb of York Catholic and Clancy and Bailey Cross of Suburban complete the four seeded teams.

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