GIRLS' TENNIS: Dallastown gets key win vs. New Oxford
- Madi Reed and Morgan Kistler picked up singles wins for Dallastown.
- Megan Salaga and Taylor Jones won at No. 1 doubles for the Wildcats.
- Lindsay Sheaffer and Victoria Gruen triumphed at No. 2 doubles for Dallastown.
DALLASTOWN — Dallastown girls' tennis coach Deb Gable told her players before Wednesday's clash with New Oxford that it was a big match.
The Wildcats took their coach's message to heart and rose to the occasion with high-quality play throughout the lineup.
Dallastown won two of the three singles matches and swept both doubles to score a 4-1 victory and remain unbeaten in York-Adams Division I. Both teams entered Wednesday's action at 2-0 in the division.
Morgan Kistler got things started for the Wildcats with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 decision at No. 3 singles. Kistler, a sophomore, is playing No. 3 for the first time this season after moving up from No. 5.
"Morgan, she was like a dream world," Gable said. "The other girl had a quick forehand, but Morgan was getting to everything. She was done with her match and then watched everyone else play."
After Kistler delivered her team's first point, the Wildcats' doubles teams secured the victory by winning their matches.
Megan Salaga and Taylor Jones triumphed at No. 1 doubles, 7-6, 6-3, and Lindsay Sheaffer and Victoria Gruen also prevailed in straight sets at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 7-5.
"Our No. 2 doubles, we're still working out who's playing there, but they swept it today," Gable said. "I'm pleased the way our girls responded today. New Oxford is really good. They're well coached and they play well"
The Colonials' Dagney Markle definitely played well at No. 1 singles. Markle, last year's silver medalist in the York-Adams Class AAA Singles Tournament, delivered a 6-2 6-3 victory for her team's only point.
The fifth-and-final point was finally awarded following a 2 1/2-hour marathon match between Dallastown's Madi Reed and New Oxford's Brooklyn Moyer. Reed lost the first set in a tie-breaker, but rebounded and took the next two sets to prevail, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2.
"It was a little scary at first," Reed said when asked what it was like to be the center of the spectators' attention after all the other matches were completed. "But, it was nice to have my team behind me (cheering her on). I knew after the first set that I had to stop making so many mistakes. In the second and third sets, I trusted my shots a lot more, I hit the ball a lot harder, and I tried to make her run more."
Reed moved up the ladder to No. 2 singles this year. She played No. 4 last year.
"No. 4 and No. 2, there's a big skill difference between the two," Reed said. "The first match (at No. 2) was a big shock. People at No. 2 are more consistent, and they hit the ball a lot harder."
Reed said Wednesday's team victory means a lot. It not only put the Wildcats in position to capture yet another Division I title, but it will help their power rating for the District 3 playoffs.
"We should have a good postseason run," the senior said.
York Suburban 3, York Catholic 2: At Springettsbury Park, Liv Pindzola, Samantha Clancy and Elizabeth Huh each claimed singles victories to push the Trojans past their hosts. Betsy Allen and Abby Drabik were victorious in doubles play for York Catholic, as was the Irish team of Sadie Wurzbach and Carolyn Albright.
Northeastern 3, Dover 2: At Dover, the Bobcats received a three-set singles victory from Adannaya Onwukanjo and doubles victories from the teams of Brynn MacDonald/Lindsey Myers and Mansi Patel/Kiara Cornish. For Dover, Alex DiGiovanni and Anna Becker each earned a singles win.
West York 3, York Country Day 1: At West York, the Bulldogs received singles victories from Lydia Fairlamb and Kiersten Shelton, while teammates Evelyn Nguyen and Brenya Stallsmith captured a doubles victory.
South Western 3, Susquehannock 2: At Glen Rock, the Mustangs captured the first two singles matches before the Warriors were able to even the score at 2-2. In the second doubles match, the team of Karen Yang and Bhavreen Sidhu defeated Allana Jones and Jenny Sproul, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, to wrap up the match for the Mustangs.
Spring Grove 5, Gettysburg 0: At Gettysburg, the Rockets received singles victories from Tiffany Hoke, Victoria Blymier and Libby Groft to secure the victory.
Delone Catholic 5, Kennard-Dale 0: At McSherrystown, the Squirettes received singles victories from Alyssa Neudecker, Ellie Neudecker and Emily Ritter.
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