GIRLS' TENNIS: Delone may be rolling to another title
- Delone beat York Suburban on Monday in a key York-Adams Division II battle, 5-0.
- Delone is now 4-0 in the division, while Suburban fell to 2-1.
- Delone is the defending Division II champion.
Alyssa Neudecker is not a big fan of the new 3-2 format used in York-Adams League girls' tennis matches this season.
“I don't like it, because I don't get a chance to play doubles with my sister (Ellie),” the Delone Catholic senior said.
Under the new 3-2 format there are three singles and two doubles matches, and a player who competes in singles can't play in doubles, too.
Under the old 5-2 format (five singles, two doubles), a player could compete in both singles and doubles in the same match.
Opponents don't miss seeing the Neudeckers in doubles. They have enough trouble dealing with them in singles.
Delone is the defending York-Adams Division II champion and the Neudeckers are again leading the way this season for the Squirettes.
Delone remained unbeaten in division matches in 2016 by recording a 5-0 victory over York Suburban on Monday.
Alyssa Neudecker won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, and Ellie Neudecker scored a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles.
The Squirettes are now 4-0 in the division, while Suburban fell to 2-1 in the division. Barring a huge upset in the coming weeks, Delone is on track to repeat as undisputed Division II champion.
“It would be special to win the title again,” Alyssa Neudecker said. “We practice for it, and it's my senior year.”
Emily Ritter supplied the third singles point by rallying for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory at No. 3 singles.
Delone's Maria Waminal and Bridget Kilkelly lost the first set, but rebounded to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles.
The Squirettes' Julie Thackston and Megan Jones teamed to capture the No. 2 doubles match, 6-1, 6-1.
“The kids stepped up today,” Delone coach Denise Dunn said. “Becca (Suburban coach Rebecca Toman) is a great coach and York Suburban has a nice team.”
Dunn is hoping to see her team close the season with another title.
“Last year was the first time for us. Two years in a row would be nice,” she said.
Toman, meanwhile, felt the match against a high-caliber team such as Delone would only make her players better.
“That's why I schedule teams like Lancaster Country Day and Dallastown,” Toman said. “You always want to look to improve your game.”
Suburban pushed Delone at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles, winning the first set in each match.
“We pushed them, but they made very good adjustments,” Toman said.
York Catholic 3, West York 2: At West York, a pair of forfeit victories for the Irish, at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles, ended up the difference. The Bulldogs were able to win both singles matches contested behind Lydia Fairlamb and Kiersten Shelton. York Catholic’s team of Betsy Allen and Abby Drabik won the only contested doubles match.
Kennard-Dale 4, Hanover 1: At Fawn Grove, the Rams swept the singles matches and split the doubles matches with the Hawkettes. Brianna Miller set the tone for the day with a convincing 6-0, 6-1 victory over Hanover’s Jennifer Reynolds at No. 1 singles.
Dallastown 5, South Western 0: At Hanover, the Wildcats received straight-set singles victories from Christie Friedrich, Madi Reed and Morgan Kistler to secure the Division I victory. The Wildcats improved to 4-0 in the division.
Central York 5, Dover 0: At Dover, Madison Mummert, Kara Holland and Elisabeth Ketterman swept the singles matches for Central. Lily Richwine and Sarah Kohr combined to win No. 1 doubles, while Daniella Feistritzer and Olivia Quartey took No. 2 doubles.
Susquehannock 5, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, Jessica McDonald defeated Tiffany Hoke, 6-3, 7-6 (5), at No. 1 singles for the Warriors. Julianne Cassady and Molly Hogan also recorded singles victories for Susquehannock.
New Oxford 5, Red Lion 0: At New Oxford, the Colonials received singles victories from Dagney Markle, Brooke Moyer and Kamdyn Balko to secure the Division I victory.
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