Wis­sahickon back in fi­nal, ad­vances to states

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Denny Dyroff

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

The Tro­jans know the pathK They’ve been there be­foreK And, they know the pit­falls to watch for along the wayK

Once again, Wis­sahickon’s tennis team has suc­cess­fully found its way to the Dis­trict 1 Class AAA cham­pi­onship matchK

Three years ago, the Tro­jans cap­tured the dis­trict ti­tleK Two years ago, West Chester Hen­der­son claimed the top spotK Last year, West Chester Hen­der­son knocked off Wis­shahickon in the dis­trict cham­pi­onship matchK

kow, the Tro­jans are headed back to the dis­trict ti­tle match, but their op­po­nents will not be Hen­der­son’s War­riorsK Con­estoga elim­i­nated Hen­der­son in this yHDU’s TuDUWHUfinDOs EuW wDs un­able to pro­duce a re­peat per­for­mance against Wis­saKLFNRn Ln 7uHsGDy’s sHPL­fi­nalsK

The Tro­jans won the semifinDO PDWFK 4-1 wLWK DnRWKHU dom­i­nant show­ing on their home courtK Wis­sahickon now will face Har­ri­ton in the cham­pi­onship match at Down­ing­town West High on Thurs­dayK Har­ri­ton ad­vanced to the ti­tle show­down with a 3-1 win over Unionville in 7uHsGDy’s RWKHU sHPLfinDO.

Wis­sahickon’s Maureen Devlin pointed the way for her team when she posted a S-0, S-1 win over ConesWRJD’s LDuUHn BDn­nHU Ln fiUsW sin­glesK

“I think I came out and played re­ally strong,” said Devlin, a ju­niorK “I tried to set a good tone for the teamK”

With Devlin set­ting the tone for her team all sea­son, the Tro­jans have com­piled a 19-0 record head­ing into the GLsWULFW finDO.

“I was at­tack­ing most of WKH fiUsW sKRWs WRGDy,” sDLG Devlin, who is one of the premier play­ers in the districtK “She (Ban­ner) likes to hit it up, so I was en­joy­ing just com­ing in off themK

“My serve was on to­day so that felt re­ally goodK And, my fore­hand was onK She was hit­ting her back­hand well so I had to keep try­ing to put it to her fore­handK”

“It was a tough match — but it was funK I knew she was a good player,” Ban­ner, a Pi­o­neers ju­nior, saidK “I played her sis­ter (Anne Marie Devlin, who now plays for StK goseph’s Univer­sity) be­fore and she was good tooK

“To­day, I was stay­ing in the point and work­ing hardK I think I was hit­ting well, but she’s a very strong play­erK She hits re­ally hardK”

In sec­ond sin­gles, Maureen Devlin’s younger sis­ter Katherine Devlin won by de­fault over Con­estoga’s Ash­ley Lyon, who was sickK

The third sin­gles match went to Wis­sahickon’s Christie Ce­sariniK The Tro­jans’ tal­ented sopho­more de­feated ’Stoga’s Lipika Gadila S-1, S-3K

“I think I came out re­ally strong and I was right on with my shots,” said Ce­sariniK “Then, she was startLnJ WR finG Py wHDNnHssHs. , adapted to it and just tried to keep it in playK My serve was GHfinLWHOy LPSURYHG DnG WKDW was a lot of helpK

“In the sec­ond set, I started try­ing to go for too PuFK DnG EHLnJ RYHUFRn­fi­dentK Then, I just re­grouped and tried to do what I did in WKH fiUsW sHW.”

When Ce­sarini walked off the court with the win over Gadila, it gave her team a 3-0 lead and se­cured the match vic­tory for the Tro­jansK Then, the Pi­o­neers and the Tro­jans split the dou­bles match­esK

,n fiUsW GRuEOHs, WLssDhickon’s Danielle Mustin and Kath­leen Fuh had to work hard to de­feat Con­estoga’s team of Lauren Ge and Kaylee vanK The Pi­o­neers’ duo won the open­ing set S-4 and then Mustin and Fuh took the sec­ond and third sets by iden­ti­cal S-4 scoresK

The Pi­o­neers avoided be­ing swept when Kaja Michel and Lind­sey Taafe teamed up for a S-S, 8-S (tiebreaker) vic­tory over Wis­sahickon’s Stephanie gin and Darcy HornK

“Over­all, I thought all the girls played well,” said Wis­sahickon coach Mary bllen DevlinK “All the matches were hard-foughtK The dou­bles matches were very com­pet­i­tiveK”

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