James Buchanan puts 2 in Mid Penn tennis finals
A pair of James Buchanan tennis players will contend for Mid Penn Conference Class AA singles titles Friday morning.
Rachel Martin at No. 1 and Meridyth Sanders at No. 2 battled into the championship match with a pair of wins Thursday.
Martin will face Kathryn Long of Trinity, who is the top seed, while Sanders, the No. 1 seed, will take on Olivia Otstot of East Pennsboro. Martin has already qualified for the District 3 Class 2A singles tournament.
"We had a decent day," JB coach Terri Beegle said. "We played the way we had the whole season."
Martin won a pair of matches, including a tight one in the semifinals, a 7-5, 6-3 verdict over Maddie Young of Bishop McDevitt. Sanders had a bye, then needed three sets to get past Alexandra Borza of Trinity, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2.
Beegle said, "Meridyth struggled a little. She sat around most of the morning before playing her first match."
At No. 2 doubles, Leah Wingert and Amber Clark captured a pair of matches, and reached the final. They will play Makayla Burkholder and Christine Tully of McDevitt.
The Rockets' Maggie Strawoet at No. 3 singles, and the No. 1 doubles teams won a match, but lost in the next round.
In the District 3 doubles qualifier, Martin and Strawoet won in the first round, and will play McDevitt's Young and Lexie Foreman in the semifinals Friday. The top three finishers advance to districts.
Chambersburg ousted: The season came to an end for the Trojans when all three singles players and all three doubles teams were defeated in the first round.
However, at No. 1 doubles, Kara Wiley and Cally Papoutsis won the first set before falling 6-2, 6-2, and at No. 2 Aubrey Carlin and Caroline Hence pulled out a 6-4 win in the first set before being beaten 6-3, 6-2.
No. 1 -- Emily Vo (Cedar Cliff) d Madison Mellinger (Chambersburg), 6-1, 7-5
No. 2 -- Jessica Cox (Red Land) d Emma Guare (Chbg), 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 -- Paige Keefer (Mechanicsburg) d Hope Sprecher (Chbg), 6-2, 6-3
District qualifier -- Amanda Bruno-Keefer (Mech) d Mellinger-Sprecher (Chbg), 6-4, 6-1
No. 1 -- Frederick-Goetz (RL) d Kara Wiley-Cally Papoutsis (Chbg), 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 -- Zemaitis-Stepp (CC) d Aubrey Carlin-Caroline Hence (Chbg), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 1 -- Rachel Martin (James Buchanan) d Gabby Carter (Middletown), 6-0, 6-0; Martin d Maddie Young (McDevitt), 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 -- Meridyth Sanders (JB), bye; Sanders d Alexandra Borza (Trinity), 7-5, 1-6, 6-2
No. 3 -- Maggie Strawoet (JB) d Alex Hernandez (Midd), 6-0, 6-1; Veronica Milosz (McD) d Strawoet, 6-1, 6-0
District qualifier -- Martin-Strawoet (JB) d Brenna Trkuk-Cassie Marrero (Susquehanna Twp.), 6-2, 6-3
No. 1 -- Abby Mackling-Megan Hoffeditz (JB) d Veronica Miller-Anna Buffington (Midd), 6-0, 6-1; katie Ulsh-Alex Pavone (Trin) d Mackling-Hoffeditz, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
No. 2 -- Leah Wingert-Amber Clark (JB) d McKenzie Willmeyer/Aayushi Patel (Midd), 6-0, 6-1; Wingert-Clark d Hope Geiseler-Madison Pitts (East Pennsboro), 7-5, 6-4.