Saturday, October 27, 2012

PT wins state tennis title

Here's a tennis story I just filed for tomorrow's paper. Good news for our local teams in Hershey:

Despite suffering its first doubles loss all season, the Peters Township girls tennis team rallied to win the PIAA Class AAA team tournament for a second consecutive year and for the fourth time since 2006 yesterday at Hershey Racquet Club, defeating Conestoga and Unionville in the semifinals and finals to close the season at 22-1.

"There were plenty of tense moments, but the girls handled the pressure really well," said head coach Brandt Bowman.

Sara Komer and Chloe Grzyb posted wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles against Conestoga, but Vida Komer and Jen Holcombe suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Lauren Ge and Kaylee Yan at No. 1 doubles.

Morgan Parisi and Megan Hixon won at No. 2 doubles, though, allowing Abby Cummings' match with Lipika Gadila to be stopped in the second set.

Conestoga was the fourth-place team from District 1.

Against Unionville, which was the third-place team from District 1, Cummings earned a 7-5, 6-2 win over Allie Lane, and both doubles teams won. Komer and Holbombe swept Julie Oeste and Elise Eginton 6-4, 6-2, while Parisi and Hixon earned their second win of the day.

The display of depth was something that has carried Peters Township all season, one that helped the Indians win a second consecutive WPIAL Class AAA team title.

“If you can somehow make it to the finals of WPIALs, you know you're going to do well at states,” Bowman said. “I think any time you're deep like we are, you always have a shot. I know we can win at all five spots. That makes things a lot easier.

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