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vic­to­ries in the girls’ sin­gles bracket. After earn­ing the top seed and an opening-round bye, Lopez took ad­van­tage of a pair of for­feits on Satur­day to ad­vance to the second day. On Mon­day, she opened with a 6-2, 6-1 win over even­tual third-place win­ner Jamie Hale, of North East, in the semi­fi­nals, be­fore com­ing back to beat Per­ryville’s Emily James 2-6, 6-1 and 6-2 in the fi­nal.

It marked the second straight sea­son that Lopez de­feated the Pan­thers’ Al­lCounty player to cap­ture the lower-divi­sion crown.

“It was re­ally close in the reg­u­lar sea­son be­tween us and I came out on top both times. They say win­ning a third time is al­ways the hard­est and it re­ally was the hard­est this time,” Lopez said of her fi­nals show­down with James. “She’s an awe­some player. I give her credit where credit’s due. She’s amaz­ing.”

Bo Manor’s com­bi­na­tion of Jeff Ward and Gabe Shertz de­feated Per­ryville’s duo of Aen­gus Vervier and Ryan Berger 6-3, 6-4 to cap­ture the boys’ dou­bles ti­tle. The Ea­gles also swept the top two medals in mixed dou­bles ac­tion, as the duo of Katie Shields and Sam Ban­nis­ter edged their team­mates, Emely Casaolsa and Josh Goldsmith, 4-6, 7-6 and 6-0, to cap­ture first place.

“It was dif­fer­ent. At first we were warm­ing up and it felt like we were at prac­tice. It just felt nor­mal. But once it set in and we were down in the first set, we re­al­ized we needed to get go­ing,” Shields said. Ban­nis­ter agreed. “We didn’t take it as se­ri­ously as we should have in the be­gin­ning. We just wanted to have fun with it be­cause it was our team­mates we were go­ing against,” Ban­nis­ter said. “After we lost the first set, we had to come back. After that tie break, we knew we were in it and had to keep go­ing.”

Daniela Lopez and Grace Wil­liams added to Bo Manor’s suc­cess by earn­ing a 6-3, 6-4 vic­tory over Elk­ton’s Jess Toller and Ke­mu­nto Okindo in the girls’ dou­bles fi­nal. The Pan­thers then swept third and fourth place after Gabby Good­now and Teri Wen­ner­sten topped their team­mates, Alex Koons and Re­becca Hol­man, 6-2, 6-7 and 6-3.

While Bo Manor failed to cap­ture first place in boys’ sin­gles, it did push two com­peti­tors into the re­gion tour­na­ment. Team­mates Stephen Le­merand and John Cham­bers fin­ished second and third, re­spec­tively, to ad­vance to next week­end’s meet.

Le­merand fell to Jop­pa­towne’s Jared Braglio, 6-1, 6-1, in the fi­nal, while Cham­bers topped Per­ryville’s Steven Lynch in the third-place match.

“The past two years that was my goal, to go to re­gion­als, and I didn’t do it,” Le­merand said. “I’m re­ally happy to get here and take it fur­ther.”

Per­ryville ex­pe­ri­enced a mem­o­rable day on Mon­day, as the pro­gram placed two pairs and an in­di­vi­u­dal in the re­gional tour­na­ment after only ad­vanc­ing one in the past four sea­sons, ac­cord­ing to its coach.

“Just watch­ing these kids progress and play and com­pete, it’s just nice to to see we’ve come a long way in four years. We’ve kind of put a mark for Per­ryville ten­nis on the map,” Pan­thers coach Gina Pucci said. “I can re­mem­ber seed­ing meet­ings where we didn’t care be­cause we didn’t have any­body. Now I’m at seed­ing meet­ings fight­ing for spots for my kids.”

Fol­low Jor­dan Schatz on Twit­ter: @Jor­dan_Whig

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