PHILADELPHIA — Methacton Sophomore Mihaela Codreanu has a chance to do some special things and win some big titles during her high school career. However the gold goals will have to wait until Plymouth Whitemarsh's Cristina Kaiser graduates.
In the District One Class AAA singles championship the senior Kaiser earned her third consecutive championship with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) victory at Legacy Complex Wednesday morning.
Kaiser now also has a chance to defend her PIAA title. She has played with the bull's-eye on her all season, fending off more than few up-and-comers, none more calculated and resilient than the Warriors' Codreanu.
"There are a lot of strong players this year,' Kaiser said. "I had to prepare for each match, play my game, and not their game. I played (Codreanu) before and I knew her game.'
Kaiser came out peppering the court with powerful ground strokes and up 5-2 in the second set she could taste her fourth district title — she won a Class AA title her freshman season as student at Springfield Township. Codreanu made her earn the gold medal, forcing a tie-breaker, but a few aces in the tie-breaker forced the two-time PAC-10 champ to wait another year for a chance at district gold.
"I gave it my all and I am fine with second place,' Codreanu said. "I knew Cristina would be tough. I tried to change it up a little bit in the second set and it worked. Hopefully next year I will be better. I will keep working toward a championship.'
As a freshman, Codreanu was eliminated in the semifinals and was pleased she could improve on that this season and reach the finals. Now she hopes to improve on her first-round exit the PIAAs last season. She will not see many better than Kaiser.
"I am going to give it my all,' Codreanu said. "We also have the team title at states and that should be fun. It is going to be a great time.'
Kaiser is also aware that some of the girls she defeated to win the district will be just as good as or even better than her opponents in Hershey. But she knows she cannot take in the field of familiar faces lightly.
"I know who's going to states and I have played them all before,' Kaiser said. "This district is pretty challenging, but I know they have talented girls around Pittsburgh. I have to play one match at a time and not worry about what is going on around me.'
Before Kaiser elects which southern college she will attend next fall she has a few more matches to win. Kaiser has her four district championships and is more than ready to win her second straight state title.
"I will probably be on top of the draw and the experience will pay off,' Kaiser said. "Whoever I play I have to be ready.'
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