A Conestoga Team Wins District Doubles Second Year In Row

Posted: November 02, 1992

For the second year in a row, a Conestoga team is the PIAA District 1 doubles champion.

In a great exhibition of how good partners can beat great individual players, the Pioneers' Diana Siebert and Meg Edwards defeated Abington's Brie Glover and Lauren Pfefferle, 7-6 (7-3) 6-4, Saturday night at the Gulph Mills Racquet Club for the crown. The duo had defeated Cheltenham's Corinne Caracio and Meredith Jacoby, 6-3, 6-1, Friday night in the quarterfinals to qualify for the state tournament. Saturday afternoon, they defeated Harriton's Pam and Staci Becker, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, in the semifinals.

"Diana and Meg played great for us," Conestoga coach Fran Schecter said. ''They played smart tennis. Against Abington we wanted to keep the ball away from Brie Glover, and Meg did that by lobbing the ball over her and keeping them off-balance."

This is the eighth straight year in which Schecter has sent a twosome to the state tournament in doubles.

The Beckers, who finished third in the district, also will go to states, as well Great Valley's Sabrina Vitrone and Jen Devine, who grabbed the fourth and final spot.

The Beckers qualified Friday by defeating Downingtown's Kristi Sawicki and Virginia Jones 6-3, 6-1. Vitrone and Devine made it with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Council Rock's Tracy Doneker and Mary Joe Troxel Friday night.

In the District 1 singles championships, Upper Merion's Jamie Tannenbaum finished fourth, after two narrow losses to Council Rock's Kim Simonsen, 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6), Friday night and Abington's Rachel Cohen, 6-3, 6-2, Saturday. Despite the losses, Tannenbaum will play in Thursday's state singles championships at Hershey.

TOP MATCH

In one of the best matches of the year, Agnes Irwin's Michelle Tyson was able to hold off Episcopal's Stephanie Raymond, 6-3, 6-4, Friday in a battle of undefeated No. 1 singles players.

"It was a tough match," Tyson said. "Both of us played really well. Now I hope we can hold them off and win the league."

Two of the matches were not completed but will be finished today. The score was 2-1 in favor of Agnes Irwin (11-0 overall) when play was stopped because of darkness. The winner will win the Inter-Ac title; both teams are 6-0. The Churchmen are 12-2 overall.

"This is my last match here," Tyson said. "It would mean a lot if we can win another championship."

UNDEFEATED SEASON

Friends' Central (10-4, 4-0) clinched the Friends' Championship and an undefeated season with a 5-0 win over Abington Friends on Friday.

The Phoenix received wins from Vennessa Duno, Lauren Albert, and Galby Duno at singles, and Jamie Hanaway and Lauren Schneider and Irene Lord and Lori Specter at doubles.

Those players will all compete in today's league individual championships at George School.

"We're happy to have won the title," Friends' Central coach Amy Roberts said. "All the girls played really well for us."

TEAM SUCCESS

Harriton made a great run at the PIAA District 1 team championships, before losing in the semifinals to Pennridge, 5-2, Wednesday afternoon.

Pennridge will face off with Abington today for the championship.

The Rams had defeated top-seeded Conestoga Tuesday to make the final four.

"It was a nice (run) for us," Harriton coach Sally Henn said.

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