Tennis

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If I hit the ball hard and flat to her, she would be hit­ting the ball back to me harder and flat­ter.”

Bradley, who fin­ished third at last year’s Dis­trict One sin­gles tour­na­ment, is com­mit­ted to Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity for tennis. The Down­ing­town West se­nior said she will most likely ma­jor in el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion at Quin­nip­iac. But first comes the PIAA state sin­gles tour­na­ment, sched­uled for Nov. 4-5 in Her­shey.

“Jor­dan and I are re­ally look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in next week­end’s state tour­na­ment in Her­shey,” said Bradley, who fin­ished fourth at last year’s PIAA state sin­gles tour­ney,

Jor­dan Bradley fin­ished third at Dis­trict One 3A sin­gles,

de­feat­ing West Ch­ester Hen­der­son’s Emma Clark, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) in the third-place match Wed­nes­day. The top four fin­ish­ers in sin­gles at the PIAA Dis­trict One tour­ney will play in the PIAA State Sin­gles Cham­pi­onships at Her­shey Racket Club Nov. 4-5.

Down­ing­town West tennis coach Lee Mor­ris said, “Both Pay­ton [a four-time Ches-Mont cham­pion] and Jor­dan are two re­mark­able sto­ries. Pay­ton won’t tell you this, but she was nom­i­nated Queen of the Court the same night as her quar­ter­fi­nals in Dis­tricts. And last week in Dis­tricts, Jor­dan had to play three matches in a row in 3½ hours, and beat the No. 1 play­ers from both Down­ing­town East and West Ch­ester Hen­der­son.

“The two sis­ters from a coach­ing point of view have been phe­nom­e­nal. I en­cour­aged

them to have weapons such as big­ger serves, and on the rise re­turns on sec­ond serve re­turns, to take the of­fen­sive. They have made me so proud and the par­ents should get much of the credit for their sup­port and en­cour­age­ment.”

In the PIAA Dis­trict One 3A dou­bles cham­pi­onship fi­nal Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the Har­ri­ton duo of Sophia Sas­soli and Con­nie Richards de­feated Maddie Wood and Ash­ley Griffith of Con­estoga, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. In the third-place matchup Wed­nes­day, Sophia Fis­cher and Joanna Kwon of Coun­cil Rock North de­feated Noelle Egh­bali and Sammy Roberts of Down­ing­town East, 6-4, 6-3. The top four fin­ish­ers in dou­bles at the PIAA Dis­trict One tour­ney will play in the PIAA State Dou­bles Cham­pi­onships at Her­shey Racket Club Nov. 4-5.

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