Central York's Elder, Peters-Washington team to win York-Adams AAA doubles title
HANOVER — Jenn Elder used to play basketball at Central York.
But after suffering four concussions (three in basketball), Elder didn't receive medical clearance to continue playing either one of those sports.
She needed to find another athletic activity.
"My neurologist said: 'Why don't you play tennis?'" Elder said.
She took up the suggestion and signed up for tennis.
Wednesday afternoon, Elder and her doubles partner, Yvonne Peters-Washington, secured gold medals for winning the York-Adams League Class AAA doubles championship at South Western.
Alyssa Neudecker and her younger sister, Ellie, of Delone Catholic, captured the AA doubles crown.
Peters-Washington and Elder scored a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Dallastown's Christie Friedrich and Angela Friedrich in the final.
"I didn't meet Yvonne until August," Elder said. "She came to our school last spring, but I didn't have any classes with her. I did hear that some tennis player came to our school."
Peters-Washington is some tennis player, all right.
The Panthers' senior won the York-Adams AAA singles title on Monday before completing the sweep by winning the doubles with Elder.
"We're definitely happy and proud, but we have more goals to accomplish," Peters-Washington said. "We were expected to win here. (She and Elder were the top-seeded team). We checked one box off today. There are two more (districts and states) to go."
Peters-Washington closed the title match by putting away an overhead volley. She has an excellent all-around game — a big serve, powerful ground strokes and the ability to volley.
Elder, meanwhile, showed her touch at the net with winning shots.
"Jenn made some nice volleys," Peters-Washington said.
The Central duo was locked in a 3-3 deadlock in the first set before taking the last three games. They never trailed in the second set, jumping out to a 5-1 advantage.
"We just work well together," Elder said. "I haven't been playing tennis that long, but I have some instincts at the net. It's fun playing together with Yvonne. She's nice and is a great player."
Elder and Peters-Washington will be together just one season, but it's one they won't forget.
Class AA: The Neudecker sisters, meanwhile, will be back next year. Alyssa is a junior and Ellie is a freshman.
They fought off the challenge of Kennard-Dale's Alyssa Miller and Claire Boone to win the AA crown, 6-3, 6-4.
"It was a lot closer match this time. (The teams met in the regular season)," Alyssa Neudecker said. "It was very stressful the whole match. We had to step it up a lot."
Alyssa Neudecker served out the match by ripping a forehand winner on match point.
"We practice all during the summer and we know each other," Alyssa Neudecker said. "We can read each other's mind out there."
Miller and Boone didn't go away quietly. They fought back to 5-4 after trailing 5-2 in the final set.
Semifinals and third-place matches: Peters-Washington and Elder defeated New Oxford's Dagney Markle and Brooke Moyer, 6-0, 6-1, in one AAA semifinal, and the Friedrichs came back to best their Dallastown teammates, Chloe Berridge and Madi Reed, in an extremely close semifinal, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4). Markle and Moyer took the third-place match, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
In AA, the Neudeckers won 6-0, 6-0 over York Catholic's Carolyn Thomas and Samantha Schwamb in the semifinals, while Miller and Boone topped York Suburban's Samantha Clancy and Bailey Cross, 6-3, 6-1. Clancy and Cross rallied to win the third-place match over Thomas and Schwamb, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
District 3: The District 3 singles seedings were released Wednesday night. Peters-Washington is the only York-Adams player to earn a top-four seed. She's seeded No. 3 in AAA. The tournament starts Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.
— Reach Dick VanO'Linda at email@example.com.