PHILADELPHIA — Central Bucks West's Kristi Kong barely looked at the bracket. She was just happy to have the chance to travel to the indoor courts at Legacy Complex in Philadelphia and take a shot at a District One Class AAA doubles championship. She did not care who she was playing, but with freshman Amanda Cyr by her side, it was a special way to cap off her senior season.
Reaching the district finals and securing a state berth was exciting for Kong, who did not even realize the 6-2, 7-5 win over Abington's Amirah Salim-Bey and Molly Bair was the Bucks' tandem knocking off the top seed in the field.
"I did not even know that (Abington was the top seed),' Kong said. "Last year we did not make it through the first round and I have never been even close. This is great for my senior year."
Seeded fifth in the field, Kong and Cyr complemented each other well and their work together allowed them to send the Galloping Ghost girls home short of their goal. The Bucks also knocked off a pair of Suburban One League Continenal Conference teams, Pennridge and Central Bucks South, before Conestoga and Abington.
"In singles I may not be able to get to the net as much, but in doubles I have a better chance,' Kong said. "But definitely putting it up for Amanda is my number one priority.'
Cyr, who barely missed out on states as in the district singles tournament, was happy for a second chance at a PIAA appearance. The girls increased the practice time together and after not playing doubles together all season, the duo darted toward the finals. The finals are set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday back at Legacy.
"We had a couple practices just to get used to each other,' Cyr said. "But not really that much and it is a lot different from singles. Having a partner I have to make sure I get the ball back so she can put it away for me.'
The Bucks were not to have their seeding suggest they were underdogs to be one of the final four standing. Another Conestoga duo, 10th-seeded Kaylee Yan and Lauren Ge dropped second-seeded Methacton (Lauren Simeone and Jordan King) 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 before being bounced by Wissahickon in the semifinals.
"It is tough to be mentally and emotionally drained,' Trojans' Christie Cesarini said. "We knew we just had to play basic doubles.'
The sophomore tandem of Cesarini and Katherine Devlin made it an all-Suburban One League final by bouncing the exhausted Pioneers. After a three-and-a-half hour match with the Warriors, the returning state qualifiers made quick work, winning 6-1, 6-0, advancing to see Cyr and Kong in the finals.
"Having confidence, knowing we have did it before helped,' Devlin said. "I am really good friends with Amanda Cyr, I have played with her before and know what she will be doing. It will be a tough match, but it will be good."
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