Abington Heights tops Williamsport, will play Hazleton Area for district title

By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com | October 10th, 2017 10:30 pm - updated: 3:07 pm.

WILKES-BARRE — Third-seeded Abington Heights defeated second-seeded Williamsport, 4-1, in a District 2-4 Class 3A girls team tennis semifinal match Tuesday afternoon at Kirby Park.

“The girls were really sharp and persevered throughout the matches,” Abington Heights head coach Kelly Arp said.

The Lady Comets won each of the singles matches in straight sets.

Lauren Carroll defeated Katie Meale, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 1 singles; Clare DellaValle topped Mia Shuler, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2 singles; and Lauren Koczwara ousted Kalindi Maggs, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 3 singles.

“We had no idea what to expect because we don’t play them in the regular season,” Arp said. “They all had some tough games, but figured out what they had to do to win.”

Abington Heights’ No. 1 doubles team of Brooke Dennison/Holly Ross defeated Williamsport’s Taylor Shipman/Shara Brennan, 6-3, 6-1.

Williamsport picked up its lone win at No. 2 doubles when Madison Marchese and Desiree Aversa topped Savannah Blaum and Julia Poulson-Houser, 6-3, 6-3.

Abington Heights 5

Pittston Area 0

The Lady Comets also defeated sixth-seeded Pittston Area, 5-0, in a quarterfinal match Oct. 5 in Clarks Summit. Carroll, DellaValle and Koczwara won in singles play. The teams of Dennison/Ross and Blaum/Poulson-Houser earned wins in doubles action.

Abington Heights will play top-seeded Hazleton Area, a 3-2 winner of fourth-seeded North Pocono, for the District 2 Class 3A team tennis championship at 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at Kirby Park.

“We’re going to have to come out really strong in doubles and hope to pull out a singles match,” Arp said.

Lauren Koczwara hits a slice backhand for Abington Heights in her match at No. 3 singles against Williamsport’s Kalindi Maggs. (Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal)
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Tennis-3-2.jpgLauren Koczwara hits a slice backhand for Abington Heights in her match at No. 3 singles against Williamsport’s Kalindi Maggs. (Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal) Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal
Abington Heights No. 1 singles player Lauren Carroll battled Williamsport’s Katie Meale in District 2-4 Class 3A semifinal action. Abington Heights defeated Williamsport and will play Hazleton Area in the finals. (Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal)
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Tennis-1-2.jpgAbington Heights No. 1 singles player Lauren Carroll battled Williamsport’s Katie Meale in District 2-4 Class 3A semifinal action. Abington Heights defeated Williamsport and will play Hazleton Area in the finals. (Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal) Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal

By Robert Tomkavage

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