KINGSTON — Hazleton Area and Wyoming Seminary both fell to Lackawanna League teams during the semifinals of the District 2 Girls Team Tennis Championships on Tuesday afternoon at Kingston Indoor Tennis.
Hazleton Area fell to Wallenpaupack, 3-1, in the Class 3A bracket while Wyoming Seminary was beaten by North Pocono, 3-1, in Class 2A play.
Wallenpaupack’s No. 1 doubles team of Kristen Denniston and Phoebe Cykosky defeated Hazleton Area’s Jessica Wenner and Adrianna Bohman, 6-0, 6-2. Wallenpaupack’s No. 2 doubles team of Gina Nolan-Heidi Washburn downed Hazleton Area’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 No. 2 singles.
“She played fantastic,” Hazleton Area head coach Amber Corrado said of Nowak. “Her strokes were awesome, and her volleys and footwork was fantastic.”
Wallenpaupack’s Irene Gendelman defeated Hazleton’s Sofia Losen, 6-3, 6-2, in No. 3 singles. The No. 1 singles match was halted once the Buckhorn’s clinched, but Hazleton Area’s Stephanie Mazurek led Wallenpaupack’s Brigid Washburn, 6-0, 6-7 (3), 3-2.
“There was lots of competitiveness out there and competitive play,” Corrado said. “I’m really proud of these girls, they tried their best and there was nothing more they could do.”
With every starter returning next season, Corrado is optimistic about the future of the program.
“It’s a young team, so I have the next couple years with them,” she said.
Wyoming Seminary’s Jacqui Meuser defeated North Pocono’s Sarah Tofilska, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1 singles. The No. 2 singles match, which was halted once North Pocono sealed the game, ended with 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 No. 3 singles.
At No. 1 doubles, North Pocono’s Brooke Panek and Haley Zernek topped Wyoming Seminary’s Megha Sarada and Emily Laurore, 6-3, 6-4.
In No. 2 doubles competition, North Pocono’s Morgan Carney and Aurora Monachelli downed Wyoming Seminary’s Megna Melkote-Kelsey Kayton, 7-5, 6-4.
“I think we played really well,” Wyoming Seminary head coach Allison Joanlanne said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries and illnesses throughout the season and lost some girls. It’s been a rough season trying to get a consistent lineup, but the girls play hard.”
In the other Class 3A semifinal, Abington Heights defeated Williamsport, 3-1. In No. 2 singles, Williamsport’s Isabel Bauer topped Sondra Lionetti, 6-4, 6-1.
At No. 3 singles, Abington’s Lauren Carroll downed Alisha Chen, 6-0, 6-1. Williamsport’s Amanda Southard led Caroline Mattise, 4-6, 6-3, 3-1 before the match was halted once Williamsport won.
The Abington Heights No. 1 doubles team of Carolyn Hickman and Catherine Pusateri topped Williamsport’s Kathleen Kinley and Kelly Hoffman, 6-1, 6-4.
The Comets No. 2 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.”
In the other Class 2A semifinal, Scranton Prep knocked off Valley View, 3-0. Prep’s Emily Jonsson topped Valley View’s Cali Craig, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles.
“Emily is a leader on this team,” Scranton Prep head coach Kathleen McKenna said. “She’s a very confident player. The girls look up to her and she pushes them, too.”
In No. 2 singles, Prep’s Maansi Malhotra downed Alyssa Santarelli, 6-1, 6-0.
Prep’s Tatiana Klacko-Mira Patel defeated Gabriella Barber-Courtney Mackrell, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles.
Wallenpaupack and Abington Heights will play for the Class 3A championship and North Pocono and Scranton Prep will play for the Class 2A title at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre.