KINGSTON — The Abington Heights and Scranton Prep girls tennis teams will play for District 2 championships on Wednesday afternoon after winning semifinal matches Tuesday at the Kingston Indoor Tennis Center.
Third seed Abington Heights defeated second-seeded Williamsport, 3-1, in Class 3A play. In number two singles, Williamsport’s Isabel Bauer topped Sondra Lionetti, 6-4, 6-1. At number three singles, Abington’s Lauren Carroll downed Alisha Chen, 6-0, 6-1, and the number one singles match was halted with Williamsport’s Amanda Southard leading Caroline Mattise, 4-6, 6-3, 3-1, due to Abington having clinched the match.
The Abington Heights number one doubles team of Carolyn Hickman and Catherine Pusateri topped Williamsport’s Kathleen Kinley and Kelly Hoffman, 6-1, 6-4.
The Lady Comets number two doubles team of Ajna Prahalad-Rachael Muir defeated Williamsport’s Madison Helier and Christine McFadden, 6-1, 6-1, to clinch the match.
“I felt like we really kept our focus throughout the entire match,” Muir said. “We tried not to make any unforced errors and return every ball back that we could.”
The duo has been playing together the entire season and Prahalad believes they are clicking at the right time.
“We focused on each point instead of thinking about the whole match,” she said.
The Lady Comets will play the four seed Wallenpaupack, who defeated number one seed Hazleton Area 3-1, in the other Class 3A match.
Wallenpaupack’s number one doubles team of Kristen Denniston and Phoebe Cykosky defeated Hazleton Area’s Jessica Wenner and Adrianna Bohman, 6-0, 6-2. Wallenpaupack’s number two doubles team of Gina Nolan-Heidi Washburn downed Hazleton’s Sayaka Ishibashi and Kimberly Delregno, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.
Hazleton Area’s Lily Nowak defeated Wallenpaupack’s Zoe Cykosky, 6-0, 6-0, in number two singles.
Wallenpaupack’s Irene Gendelman defeated Hazleton’s Sofia Losen, 6-3, 6-2, in number three singles. The number one singles match was halted with Hazleton’s Stephanie Mazurek leading Wallenpaupack’s Brigid Washburn, 6-0, 6-7 (3), 3-2, due to Wallenpaupack having clinched the match.
Top seed Scranton Prep knocked off fourth-seeded Valley View, 3-0, in Class 2A competition. Prep’s Emily Jonsson topped Valley View’s Cali Craig, 6-0, 6-0, at number one singles.
In number two singles, Prep’s Maansi Malhotra downed Alyssa Santarelli, 6-1, 6-0. The number three singles match was halted with Prep’s Gabi Jakubek leading Holly Young, 6-2, 1-1, and the Classics number two doubles team of Gaba Horchos-Amelia Desiderio led Corrie Franchak-Jenna Snell, 6-2, 4-0, when the match was halted due to Prep having clinched the match.
At number one doubles, Prep’s Tatiana Klacko-Mira Patel defeated Gabriella Barber-Courtney Mackrell, 6-1, 6-0.
Scranton Prep head coach Kathleen McKenna believes the play of three seniors has been critical to the team’s success.
“Emily is a leader on the team,” McKenna said. “She is a very confident player. The girls look up to her and she pushes them. Maansi has been so steady and we have another senior, Mira Patel. The three of them really gel together well.”
The Classics will play sixth-seeded North Pocono, who defeated number two seed Wyoming Seminary, 3-1, in the other Class 2A matchup.
Wyoming Seminary’s Jacqui Meuser defeated Sarah Tofilska, 6-2, 6-1, at number one singles. The number two singles match was halted, due to North Pocono having already clinched the match, with Wyoming Seminary’s Megan Obid leading North Pocono’s Sarah Sposito, 6-4, 4-3. North Pocono’s Annika Treitz downed Seminary’s Abbey Capin, 6-3, 6-2, at number three singles.
At number one doubles, North Pocono’s Brooke Panek and Haley Zernek topped Wyoming Seminary’s Megha Sarada and Emily Laurore, 6-3, 6-4. In number two doubles competition, North Pocono’s Morgan Carney and Aurora Monachelli downed Wyoming Seminary’s Megna Melkote-Kelsey Kayton, 7-5, 6-4.
Both championship matches will begin at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre.
Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.