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New Oxford girls' tennis wins District 3 championship

The Colonials prevailed for a 3-2 victory over Manheim Township in Wednesday's district final.

Thomas Kendziora
York Dispatch

The New Oxford girls' tennis team has continued its perfect season all the way through the District 3 Class 3A tournament, as the Colonials captured the district title with a 3-2 victory over Manheim Township on Wednesday afternoon at Hershey Racquet Club.

Head coach Travis Martin's team is now 19-0 this fall, but Wednesday's test was the toughest the Colonials have faced all season. After winning 84 of their first 85 individual matches and advancing past Cumberland Valley, 3-1, in the semifinals, the Blue Streaks put up a valiant fight.

Anya Rosenbach, a stalwart in the No. 1 singles spot, cruised past Manheim Township's Kayla Kurtz for a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Allison Horick didn't have the same fortune, losing to Haley Miller 6-3, 6-2. In doubles, New Oxford received a 6-0, 6-0 win from top tandem Alex Wolf and Joslyn Loss, while Anne Socks and Emory Millar-Kellner were on the wrong end of a 6-2, 6-1 result.

It all came down to Kaelyn Balko in the No. 3 singles match against Jade Miller. After Miller took the first set 6-3, Balko rallied to take the second set 7-5. And she found an extra gear for the finish, winning 6-0 to help deliver her team the title.

New Oxford knew this had a chance to be a special season, as the core returned from a 2021 team that finished second in the York-Adams League and third in the district tournament. The team has delivered on its promise, and then some.

Rosenbach finished second in the District 3 Class 3A individual tournament over the weekend, earning a spot at states in the process. The district doubles tournament begins Friday.

New Oxford will open state play on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with the quarterfinals set for Oct. 28 at Hershey Racquet Club. Both the semifinals and finals will be played at the same venue one day later.