PHILADELPHIA — They were as distant as strangers crossing paths, barely looking each other in the eye. Once good friends Amanda Cyr and Katherine Devlin stepped on the tennis courts at the Legacy Complex in Philadelphia they were no more than the morning opponent.
Wednesday, Cyr and her Central Bucks West teammate Kristi Kong faced Devlin and Wissahickon junior Christie Cesarini in the District One Class AAA doubles championship. There was not a notion of an outside relationship until the Bucks buried the championship winning point.
After a hard fought 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-3 win congratulatory handshakes were given at the net. Devlin, disappointed in the outcome for herself, was happy for her friend and handed out a congratulatory hug.
"Our serves were on,' Devlin said. "Well unfortunately, or not unfortunately, Amanda's serves were on too. There is nothing you can do when she aces you. (Kristi) stepped up in the second and third set too. They are tough competitors.'
For Kong it was all business. The Bucks' senior member just wanted a gold medal to complete a special senior season, a season that will continue at Hershey on Friday, Nov. 1. After splitting the first two sets, Kong stepped up her play on the baseline and let Cyr power-serve them to a district championship.
"We relaxed and just focused on playing,' Kong said. "Amanda was really good at the net and we worked well together.
The back-and-forth affair had the Trojan twosome proud of the effort they put forth. In the third set Cyr, a freshman, connected on too many aces for Devlin and Cesarini to overcome. But instead of dwelling on second place they are looking forward to states.
"I think we had good serves and were aggressive at the net,' Cesarini said. "It is tough to lose, but it was a great match. It is definitely a match we will remember.'
While Devlin and Cesarini both have been to Hershey before, it will be a first time experience for both of the Bucks. They have no idea what to expect, but they are ready to prove that a duo that was put together solely for the postseason can come together quickly and succeed.
"I obviously have never gone to states,' the young Cyr said. "We're not sure how it will be, but it should be fun.'
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