After winning the Division 1 championship with a perfect 5-0 record, the Exeter High School girls tennis team went up against Wilson in the Berks League championship match on Oct. 9.
But the championship was not to be as Wilson defeated the Eagles in the championship match, 3-1. Sammi Snyder earned Exeter lone victory in the match, defeating Wilson's Rachel Moyer, 6-0, 6-0.
The Lady Eagles had plenty of confidence going into the match. Not only did they defeat Wilson in their head-to-head battle during the regular season, but they came cruising into the finals after defeating perennial powerhouse Wyomissing from getting to the championship match with a semifinal round victory over the Spartans. It was the first time in 16 years that the Spartans did not play in the league championship match.
In that semifinal round match, Exeter defeated Wyomissing, 3-2. Ali Snyder defeated her singles opponent, 6-4, 6-4, while Sammi Snyder defeated her opponent, 6-1, 6-4.The Exeter doubles team of Rayne Ruoff and Elizabeth Kennedy defeated Emma Thornton and Maddi Bickel, 6-2, 6-1.
Ironically, despite losing to Wilson in the Berks championship match, Exeter qualified for the District 3-AAA playoffs, while Wilson did not.
The top eight teams advanced to the districts and Wilson finished in ninth in the power rankings. The Eagles were ranked fifth.
As the fifth-seeded team in the district tournament, Exeter went up against Dallastown in the quarterfinal round held in Hershey on Oct. 10. It was all Exeter in that match as the Eagles defeated Dallastown, 3-0. Ali Snyder defeated Emily Kistler, 6-0, 6-1; while Sammi Snyder topped Haley Brown 6-0, 6-0; and Corinne Grohoski downed Angela Friedrich, 6-4, 6-1.Even the two Exeter doubles teams were winning when the match was stopped after Exeter had it all sewn up.
The Lady Eagles will take a 15-2 overall record into the district semifinals. Exeter took on Hershey in that semifinal match on Tuesday, October 15 in Hershey. Due to our press deadline, we are unable to report the results of that contest.
A victory will send the Lady Eagles to the championship match on Oct. 16, against the winner of the other semifinal match, Cumberland Valley vs. Manheim Township.